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OK, here's one for Ruggels

You've been silent through all this - and I know your opinion is no doubt very different from mine. So lets talk about what happened *after* the 23rd of February.

Ryan Broddrick (head of CA Fish & Game) is an idiot. He doesn't even know simple politics. Half the state is out for his blood and he announces that this operation was an "outstanding success". Fool.

It doesn't matter if he thinks it is a success or not. He should have publicly announced it was a failure. He should have gone down to Moorepark, lit a candle, left some flowers and announced his own internal investigation. Put the shooters on admin leave (with pay, I suppose) and let the thing blow over. Instead, he puts out a press release that states his men did a fine job of protecting public safety, when it is now clear they did nothing of the sort.

And as to the "marksmen"... shit. Four shots at a 12 foot wide target from 70 yards and they miss twice. Gotta wonder where those .338 slugs actually went. Wonder if that school or that housing development has any bullet holes in it.

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ruggels March 20th, 2005
Well, I don't want to offer much of an opinion, as

1.) You seem to be emotional about it, and I do not wish to add to that.

2.) I have only been skimming this, as the initial issue wasn't a strong area of interest to me. Actually as soon as your tone got a little more than just "annoyed", honestly, I avoided the posts, because I did not share the sense of outrage, and don't feel it my place to comment. See number 1.

3.) The Marksmen, to me it seems weren't "pros".

4.) It could have gone either way. A while ago there was a woman who had her arm pulled off by a caged tiger, who was just "playing" according to her. It wasn't claws, but a bit and a bit of application of muscle. Tigers should not be pets.

No disrespect meant, no offene meant either. Sorry.


missing arms

c_eagle March 20th, 2005
You know I'm peeved about the actions they took... but Ruggels made a point that they shouldn't be pets. Obviously the owners of this one were quite dishonest and undeserving of custody.
I know you're not advocating them as pets either... though that's why I wanted to confirm (as Dustmeat seems to have done) that the breeding and salvation place you spoke of was doing so for the benefit of the cats (thank goodness), and not so that they could be sold to more uncaring, unprepared humans out there. Hopefully only to authorized and justified locations, that is.
Or we'll just have another unfortunate tiger out there again soon. :<

As for animal/forestry gov't agencies... yep. feh. uncaring bureaucrats with cya attitudes, sadly.

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