Thursday, May 15, 2014

Working to save birds in Utah and around the country. Please join us.

Second Chance Wildlife, along with other organizations and individuals is mounting an effort against the proposed 'Crow Hunt' in Utah. This is a new proposal and is being rushed through the 'system'. We only have a few weeks left for comment. You can also go to http://wildlife.utah.gov and comment on the Division of Wildlife Resources page to help this effort. This effort cannot be justified by any documentation, studies or facts. Other states that do allow this horrible violence against one of natures most intelligent creatures have yet to show they have accomplished their goals, whatever they may be. There is no consistent rationale for this proposed hunt as Crows are not consumed by people, such as ducks would be. It would simply be killing for the sake of killing and these native birds belong to everyone, not just a few that want to do them harm. The populations in Utah are very diverse and Crows are not numerous in many areas. The worst part of this whole ugly situation, is that most individuals cannot tell the difference between a Crow and a Raven, which will cause mass casualties for Ravens as well. I see this first hand, even with wildlife personnel. Second Chance Wildlife opposes this new 'hunt' and will continue the fight for all wild birds in and around Utah. Please take the time to comment at the DWR page I have listed above. Thank you.

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Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

used with permission by Arlene Powers