Posts Tagged ‘helicopter

07
Mar
14

Wildlife Management: Sneaky ‘C’ Students Controlling the Resources?

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game cited unspecified safety reasons for keeping secret a helicopter wolf hunt in the Lolo zone last month. Because of safety concerns, the department thought it was best to carry out the action and then notify the public about it,” department spokesman Mike Keckler said. The department, with the help of federal wildlife agents, shot and killed 23 wolves from helicopters.” The Spokesman-Review

wolvesThis is another one of those multi-angled issues: ranchers, hunters, animal advocates, anti-gun, anti-hunting etc. The State manipulating, controlling, “protecting” resources at every turn and often screwing it up. The secrecy of all this activity is as distressing as the heli-kill. I wonder who from the Idaho Fish & Game invited a buddy a long for some fun times? Just wondering………. 

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Wildlife management, whether wolves, fish or elk seems to be primitivism cloaked in science by guys that garnered C’s while in college. Ranchers initiating selective kills of wolves killing livestock/livelihood/food is one thing. Mismanaged numbers re elk and secrecy is quite another!

15
Jul
12

TdF: Tour de France

I mention this each season, I always enjoy the Tour de France (TdF). I don’t follow the bike racing scene other than this one race. 21 days of ‘stages’ I most enjoy the mountain stages in the Alps and like today in the Pyrenees. The chaos at the top, the narrow passages at 10-18% gradients and pucker up downhill portions are fascinating to watch, to imagine. They (the cyclist) don’t fit any profile (physically) I usually come to admire in sports. But their courage, endurance and even strength is obviously there. Kind of like misunderstanding the fitness of a jockey.

TdF Map 2012

This year Bradley Wiggins of the UK, has the chance to be the first Brit to win the TdF. Best wishes. Most enjoyable to me is the scenery gained from the helicopter traveling the race route. If you know team/individual bike racing (cycling), you already understand the strategies, names and terminology. Took me a bit, but now I understand it as if watching a baseball game. Today is a perfect stage (Limoux to Foix) to see the crazy fanatics (fans), color, scenery and celebration of the TdF.




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