It’s no secret that America has too many snow geese — so many that hunters in some areas are free to shoot as many as they want.
Still, what some Mississippi waterfowl hunters did is beyond the pale. They shot 30 snow and blue geese and dumped the birds’ carcasses beside a highway.
From the Associated Press:
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – State wildlife officials are investigating the dumping of about 30 dead geese alongside a Lafayette County road over the weekend.
James Walker, spokesman of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, tells the Oxford Eagle that the birds were found by a passing motorist on Sunday.
Walker says the snow and blue geese were shot legally but the hunters were irresponsible for dumping them on the road.
Walker says a hunting season is underway to reduce the population of snow, blue and Ross’ geese. He says there’s no limit on how many geese can be killed.
Walker says those responsible could face state and local illegal littering and dumping fines.
I hope the local cops find who did it and whack ’em with a nice, fat fine. But not because of the litter; the birds are eminently biodegradable, after all. I think the perpetrators should pay because of the disservice they did to hunting’s image. With hunters only a tiny minority in today’s United States, we can ill afford to have people engaged in wanton killing.