What's going on, Albuquerque?
That is a strange contest for sure, but prairie dogs really are a big problem for both ranchers and farmers. Their holes are just large enough for cattle/horses/any animal to break their leg and they eat/destroy crops. I'm sure they have redeeming qualities, I just don't really know what they are (much like mice).
Good comment I read to the prairie dog article: it would be much more useful and less about killing for the sake of killing if they were to sponsor a hunt of feral pigs, which are causing a great deal of damage and spreading rapidly.
Re: the ABQ Uptown Fountain: what's a little e-coli? Aren't kids covered in the stuff in general anyway?
And RLAD: Really? Fat people are more dangerous than climate change? Seriously? Are you also suggesting that fat people are worse than two planes plowing into the WTC? Or the hundreds of IEDs that kill numbers of people throughout the world? You also seem to support the idea that fat people should be prohibited from participating in certain activities just based on their weight. Faaaaabulous idea. Here's a bit of information for you: most obese people do not choose to be fat. There are a variety of reasons people become obese and it would behoove you to maybe research the complex causes and roots of obesity before you support discrimination based on a flawed impression that fat people could be thin if they chose.
And Krista. Perhaps this link will interest you: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/prairie_dogs/tips/solving_prob... Killing creatures isn't probably the best answer for whatever problems we create when we invade their habitat.
Good suggestion PJH. I imagine that would be a lot more fun for a hunter than taking pot-shots at docile rodents. Krista, I hear what you're saying but they're also an important part of plains and prairie ecosystems...lots of important and endangered critters eat them, hang out around them, or re-use their burrows. Seems like removal is a better - and more comprehensive - option than setting a bunch of guys loose with firearms.
Nature's so annoying. Reduce the number of predators like coyotes, (ahem, Gunhawk Firearms) and prey species, like prairie dogs, explode. Wipe out prairie dogs, and other predators like hawks and owls disappear. Hawks and owls disappear, mice and rats populations explode . . . and so on and so on. Mother Nature--what a bitch.
Thanks for the link, OBTS. I honestly had no clue what prairie dogs did (hence my equation of them to mice--who probably really do something great that I'm still unaware of due to my dislike of mice in my kitchen). For the record, I was definitely not supporting the organized contest of their demise, just pointing out that farmers and ranchers have their reasons for not liking the little creatures.
RLAD do you think that shaming and insulting fat people solves the problem? I think you're being a bit hyperbolic when you say that first responders and the military cannot find ANYONE to fill their ranks. I have read that these organizations are complaining about the fitness level of applicants. The causes of that are complicated and varied. I think you have to address the root causes of obesity and try to address them instead of shaming and discriminating against fat people. It's not going to achieve your goal of making them less fat.
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