In reading these comments, I am so angered by the ignorance of some people. Come on hunting freaks! This person that was a so-called hunter was an obvious idiot who never attended a Hunters Safety Course a day in his life. He made a huge error and killed someone's dog - which is a BIG thing. It is not to be taken lightly. That's all that should be important in this case. The "hunter" was WRONG. PERIOD. He should have his license taken away permanently for the mere fact that he's too much of an idiot to own a gun. Who knows who or what he'll shoot next "by mistake" ... ooops!!!
There's something special about camping on Yellowstone National Park's back country rivers and knowing that you won't see a flotilla of rafts and kayaks coming through. Not to mention the positive impact of not disturbing the wildlife that finds sanctuary along the banks of the rivers. Keep Yellowstone's rivers closed to river runners. There are plenty of places for these crafts to play.
Well stated Sandi and Jobs
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I find your letter to forget coal a disservice to all of Montana. We all benefit from coal weather it is the coal tax or the jobs or the money the jobs bring back to Montana. What is your job is it 100 percent great for the environment? Are you a teacher I bet you use paper. Another resource we are pushing out of America and now get elsewhere how good was that for Montana and Missoula. Are you someone who doesn't live at work I bet you use a car to get to work once in a while or a bus which both burn fossil fuel should we forget gas and diesel also?
Claudia, John Roeber is one of those rare truly decent, heart-working, and totally selfless men. He does represent, and speak for, everything the AFL-CIO is working toward. He is a forward thinker, a well respected labor leader, and a Blue-Green believer and is working all opportunities to move a balanced agenda. Open your ears.
Supporting coal jobs and the responsible development of them has nothing to do with crazy Tea Party politics. This view almost makes you too absurd to take seriously and the issue of secure pensions and corporate sins is an issue for all workplaces. It is not unique to coal mining.
What is your job Claudia? How were your kids fed? What if we were wishing we had transitioned your job a decade ago? Opinions come easy from the cheap seats don't they?
these story's really show how 'dumb'people can be.Had good laugh!
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Hi David... I never saw City Confidential during its initial run, but I tape every episode on Bio now. They happened to show the Bigfork one this week. As I usually do, I looked up the case after the show and found your now 11+ year old post. Very interesting, just wanted to thank you. I think that show is amazingly well done, and I always get so much out of "act one" and the way the community and its characters are delved into (as much as one can in 15 minutes). Compared to the 24/7 true crime programming we have now, which I admittedly enjoy, full of its bloody reenactments... CC is a show that is true to place, people, and local opinion. It's pretty cool that you were a part of it. Wishing you all the best. -Shannon
I never considered myself anti-hunter, but I'm starting to feel that way due to the tendency for those same people who urge the public to consider them wise and responsible managers of our collective wildlife to defend to the death clear cases of hunter misconduct such as this. The dog had a flashing collar on, and there is no evidence whatsoever that this dog was a wolf hybrid - all the pictures I've seen look pure malamute to me. Talk about blaming the victim. Even if all that conjecture were true, it wouldn't change the fact that he was hunting in an area where it's illegal. Take responsibility and call out unethical members of your community instead of sticking by them.
MT FWP's 'hands off' position regarding this dog killing incident, brings into serious doubt the ethics of Montana's state wildlife agency. If a hunter shoots a cow or another person instead of a deer it is usually grounds for a charge of some sort. But kill a dog and it is okay? I guess a hunter only has to be sure of about certain game and not have to be a responsible hunter all the time! Of course some blame the dog owner. I guess public lands only belong to the hunter now????
Killing for pleasure or willingly inflicting pain is questionable behavior. An aberrant and deviant considered condition by most people. The hunter who fires away with total disregard of what is around him is a menace. I have had hunters in my family so I am not someone with a "knee jerk" reaction.
I do not live in Montana but I used to live in the mountains of Colorado along the Front Range. We lost our Malamute the same way, only the guy told us he was looking to make "Wolf gloves". We had Josh from 5 weeks old and it was absolutely heartbreaking to lose him that way. Unresponsible people with guns make this our public lands very unsafe.
Very well said Kathleen...my heart aches for Layne Spencer.
Thanks Missoula Independent. Your paper is the only one with a heart. The Missoulian has sunk so low a sink hole would cover it up. Thanks for helping to keep Missoulians sane.
Geez - you assume the dog owner is telling the truth - a very nebulous assumption. You also reveal an anti-hunting attitude, and your assertion that a dog caught in a trap cannot be removed by its owner seems absurd. Just go ahead and release your dog, in the extremely rare event that it's caught in a trap. Dogs are not designated fur bearers.
The fact that no state or local law enforcement agency finds anything wrong with pumping five or more bullets into a dog, after the owner, in full view, shouts NOOOO, is horrifying. In fact, the killer is being protected by our law enforcement. What? If your dog is caught in a trap, and you remove your dog or that trap YOU have broken the law. Your dog is the property of the trapper once caught in his trap. Whose public lands are these, anyway?
"...our area's best chefs aren't exactly eager to showcase Tofurky."
Ha ha! Why is it that non-vegans can't seem to get past the Tofurky shtick? It's the all-purpose, go-to putdown, yet that's only one product of many, and not even the best. Constantly falling back on Tofurky as a defensive putdown is lazy, at the very least.
As for some of the films listed here, it feels more like a continuation of "last week's slight."
How about Earthlings http://earthlings.com/ --the film that many people have credited for turning them vegan overnight? How about The Witness? http://www.witnessfilm.org/ Or The Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/ --about the emotional lives of farmed animals? Then there's Vegucated http://www.getvegucated.com/ --about three meat-eating New Yorkers who take a stroll along the path to veganism.
Yeah, many of these films are downers, because animals' commodified lives are downers, and how do you dress that up to be fun? Maybe it's just an inconvenient truth easily side-stepped with Tofurky jokes.
Genius light look again. Clearly the couple to the left of the "hetero couple" are a man and woman. That blows your theory to hell. Think you need a new prescription for eyewear. Looking at the couple on the right, you're wrong again!
sad to see once again some anti hunter and trapper type get their knee jerk lopsided reaction printed in the Independent. The whole story hasn't even come out, assault rifle with silencer , come on dopey, I bet his dog was out of his control, way out in front, a sad situation yes, but a really stupid remark from the dog owner who has no blame in the world for what happened during a hunting season with a dog that closely resembles wolves, I have seen plenty in AK so I know they are not much different looking, this one was a wolf cross too most likely, and how dumb can you be to go out without orange on you and your dogs, heck I plaster my horses with blaze orange!!
these folks are stupid ignorant egotists , they should at the very least ban them for life if caught in any park breaking laws set up years ago to protect, not commercialize these diamonds of our country. They are probably the same folks illegally making bike trails, etc.. Seems we have come to a crossroads with our population where rules need to be stiffened up 200% to allow some resemblance of sanity for the rest of us that do not need or want hi tech garbage, and inflated egos to float past our view we hold precious in our life
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