Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Abused Desert Bighorn Ewe - Moab,Utah


A wildlife researcher has captured this wild bighorn ewe and put a radio collar on it so that he can find it easily. I was able to find this animal and the rest of the herd every day for two weeks without the use of the radio collar.
The study is more about getting a graduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah than it is to help the bighorns.
The use of this high-tech intrusive research has become an epidemic around the world. Jaguars are killed by researchers in Arizona and Tigers in India are killed by researchers using drugs to capture them for collaring . Wolves and other wildlife are collared in Yellowstone National Park and often die from capture stress and infection. It is time to demand that wildlife is allowed to stay wild without being subject to this abuse.
The bighorn ewe in this picture suffered from being struck in the chin by the large metal box, surrounding the radio components, each time she lowered her head to eat or drink.

5 comments:

  1. You, sir, are an inexcusably ignorant fool.

    Educate yourself before spraying your misguided conjecture on the internet.

    It would be prudent on your part to pull this fanciful little bit of fallacy immediately.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    J. Henry ---New Mexico

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  2. I have worked as a biologist and observed and photographed bighorns (thousands)for over 40 years.I have photographed Dall's Sheep, Stone's sheep, Desert Bighorns, Peninsular Desert Sheep and Rocky Mountain Bighorns. I would be happy to match knowledge and credentials with you anytime. I have helped put radio collars on bighorns and ,sadly enough, watched one die from the stress as we studied it.
    What do you do hotshot? Sell Radio Collars?

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  3. thousands eh? wow, your purported 'obsevation' numbers exceed the entire population of New Mexico's rocky population...a real sheep hero you claim to be then? thousands...dear christ almighty

    hotshot? me, no...I am but a humble servant to the well-being of all wild sheep, and recognize the imperative value of proper telemetry studies, range maximums, and the place of hunters and transplants to control and restore historic bighorn habitats to their utmost advantage...

    yes, animals are sometimes unfortunately lost to fatal stress in the capturing or collaring of any wild specie...though actually it is a minor sacrifice that has long been recognized as being a worthwhile tool to better manage big game (ungulate OR predator) populations

    ....the ewe you attempt to martyr here will be just fine, despite the MAJOR inconvienence of having the box bump her chin when she drinks :)

    you claim yourself as a biologist?...truly despicable

    so then, volunteer yourself as a bighorn 'bird dog' (pretty much ANY one can follow a bighorn band), and keep on 'em through fat and LEAN...and provide publicly the necessary, ACCURATE observations of your(fanciful)extended ardent toil in the sheep field...yes, oh mighty Peaceful Warrior, go on ahead :)

    don't be an idiot...pull yer bullshit headline off of google search under 'bighorn ewe'

    and DO NOT tell me you don't know how it got there

    I count the TRUE authorities of NA wild sheep conservation amongst my colleagues and friends, and have collaborated with them to make the major decisions regarding the management and expansion of respective wild sheep programs

    telemetry has, and always will do more work than any footbound 'hero' such as you imagine your sorry self to be will EVER do for proper science

    do your apparently feeble mind a favor, and look into the man Bart Schleyer was as a true 'bird dog' (of griz and tiger) who did his incredible life's work to ASSIST radio-telemetry studies of the animals he loved so well

    pull yer BS conjecture off the internet and do some goddamned homework...

    now in all due respect to you as a fellow human, apologies for railin' ya so harshly, but ignrorant 'righteous' kooks like you piss me off

    so, will you take some damned resonsibility for your shortsighted spray, or just go ahead and try to defend your useless speculative conjecture?

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  4. please excuse my mistake...

    third paragraph, second sentence should read "though it is a minor sacrifice FOR A PRACTICE that has long been recognized...."

    thanks

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  5. Hey HotShot :) Take a geography lesson because if you think all 5 types of bighorns are found in little ol' New Mexico, you've got other problems than just the obvious. ;)

    Oh and Larry, HotShot here just called you a genius. If you've got the goods on Google to set your own page ranking for a "bighorn ewe" search then man you can walk on water. HotShot doesn't seem to realize that it's his/her comments that are upping the rank.

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