Monday, September 7, 2009
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We may all recall a low-budget, internet-only commercial that actress Ashley Judd sponsored a while back condemning Gov. Sarah Palin's authorization of predator control methods in the state of Alaska. This was repeatedly proven to be a bit of a political attack against Palin, not against the program of wolf hunting, as many states use the program to control predators and maintain a steady supply of animals suitable for hunting and food consumption. It was an attempt primarily to polarize Palin rather than condemn wolf hunting. We all knew it, and now we essentially have proof.
Here we have an article that describes wolf hunting procedures in the ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE state of Oregon. This article was dated September 5th, 2009. The time of this writing is the evening of September 7th, 2009. It begins:
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials shot and killed two wolves today that were linked to five attacks on livestock in the Keating Valley area of Baker County. The wolves were shot after nonlethal efforts failed to keep them from killing livestock again. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife then authorized Agriculture's Wildlife Services to kill the animals, one of which was wearing a tracking collar, from a fixed-wing aircraft.
Interesting. That sounds an awful lot like the same program that occurred up in our 49th state. In defense of the United States Department of Agriculture, they did make attempts to resolve this issue using nonlethal means, which, surprisingly, did not work:
After the first incident, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife and the landowners worked together to try nonlethal measures to keep the wolves from killing livestock again.
Those measures included placing a radio collar on one of the wolves so it could be monitored, installing fladry (flagged fencing that can be a wolf deterrent), using a radio-activated-guard box that makes noise when a radio collar approaches, double-penning livestock, keeping livestock near homes at night, burying carcass piles and using guard dogs.
It should be noted that the killing of these wolves was not carried out by the State of Oregon. Rather, it was carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture, meaning that someone in the Obama Administration would have had to authorize this themselves. Ironically, Ashley Judd does not seem to have so much of a problem when it is Obama who kills the wolves...no. She only has a problem when Sarah Palin does it. Psst.... Ashley!.... your hypocrisy is showing!
Remington Steele: Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.