Well said. Agree on all points. The detachment it takes to trap animals is disturbing. I equate it to long-line fishing where sea-going creatures are dragged to death on a hook baited with food no matter whether they were the intended target. The fact is that as a society we know better, we know that inflicting this type of pain and suffering is wrong. I hope to see an end to trapping, brought about by more and more people who know there are better ways to treat other living things.
Thank you for this thoughtful article. This battle has been going on too long. The cattle industry would be very smart to take a hard look at themselves and come to a place where they see bison and cattle co-existing, because it will happen. If they don't want their herd to come in contact with bison, they are free to contain their cows...I'd be a much happier tax paying Montana resident if our money was spent building wildlife friendly fences than on hazing, slaughtering and destroying the last wild herd of bison in America. I will NEVER support Montana beef producers who aren't wildlife friendly. It is a privilege to live in this beautiful state, and every native species is part of that deal. Learn to co-exist and stop being greedy and selfish or get the hell out of Montana.
Interested to read next week's installment. I think anyone would be hard-pressed to find something good in this deal. The bison, and the American people, deserve better. We've been watching this happen for too long. It just shocks and sickens me that government has no respect for the people they serve. The treatment these animals have received is not what most tax payers want- it's what the cattle ranchers want...they should not have the power to speak for the people.
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