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(Canoe)   "Expert" recommends that soldiers hold their fire if endangered species are visible   ( divider line
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8168 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Mar 2003 at 2:27 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-12 01:42:50 PM  
Would that expert be Al Gore?
2003-03-12 01:45:52 PM  
Headline made me say WTF.
Upon reading the article though I can go along with holding fire on the practice range, but in a combat situation the critters are toast.
2003-03-12 02:10:45 PM  
They are only talking about a few wolves living on a government practice range in Wisconsin.

And nowhere in the article is the biologist referred to as an expert, asshat submitter.
2003-03-12 02:14:39 PM  
i think everythign has already been said that needs to be.
2003-03-12 02:19:45 PM  
"He's headed right for us!"
2003-03-12 02:28:58 PM  
Hopefully the Republican Guard isn't considered an endangered species.
2003-03-12 02:30:29 PM  
"I've got the bomb locked on target."
"Look out! Timberwolf 50 yeards from target!"
"Oh..uh...abort, then, abort!"
2003-03-12 02:30:43 PM  
Chiming in with "me too". It's a practice range. No big deal to not fire on the animals intentionally.

Who put this up with an "asinine" tag?
2003-03-12 02:30:57 PM  
No less an expert than Bush is on diplomacy.
2003-03-12 02:31:57 PM  
I don't really understand why this is even newsworthy. This has been the military's standard practice for any animals (endangered or not) that stumble into a firing range for a long long time.
2003-03-12 02:32:19 PM  
Maybe the tag refers to the poster.
2003-03-12 02:32:55 PM  
"Expert" - Endangered species biologist who works for the Army.

Actually, I think that qualifies as an expert. No quotes needed, asshat.
2003-03-12 02:33:13 PM  

Down at Ft. Bragg, NC, where the 82nd Airborne Division and the entirety of Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and "Delta Force" trains, paratroopers are "not allowed" to land in trees that are designated as home to a rare species of woodpecker, whose sole protected habitat is the Army range.

Unfortunately for some paratroopers, the round parachute that the Army uses doesn't allow you to decide where you're going to land.

2003-03-12 02:33:33 PM  
Nothing new.
When I was training down in Ft. Jackson and Ft. Bragg, we often had to make large detours around trees marked with white lines indicating some rare woodpecker's nest.

And even up here in Ohio, when we go to firing ranges, they call cease fires if ANY wildlife is brave enough to wander onto/behind a firing range.
2003-03-12 02:33:33 PM  
A lot depends on whether the endangered critter is good eatin'...
2003-03-12 02:33:46 PM  
Perhaps the submitter thought that the wolves would be good targets...
I think the submitter is the asshat.
2003-03-12 02:33:53 PM  
I hopr those aren't the 'elite' timberwolves.
2003-03-12 02:33:57 PM  
Fire when you see the whites of the Bald Eagle's eyes men!!!
2003-03-12 02:34:23 PM  
Yeah, it's SOP to call cease fire when an animal wonders through a range. Almost shot a buffalo on the range once in CA.
2003-03-12 02:35:02 PM  
I couple of warning shots seem appropriate. If they don't know to run, then they're genetically inferior and need to be culled.
2003-03-12 02:35:36 PM  
big deal, i kill timber wolves in ultima online all the damn time...
2003-03-12 02:36:01 PM  
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2003-03-12 02:36:20 PM  
Submitter needs to be hauled out back and whipped... fvcking moron!
2003-03-12 02:37:46 PM  
I hate to say it but it's Darwinism at its finest.

Timber Wolve 1: "Hey even though we are endangered lets go raise a family at that military fire range"

Timber Wolf 2: "That sounds like a swell Idea. We will never go instinct"
2003-03-12 02:39:33 PM  
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2003-03-12 02:40:28 PM  
While I realize the headline is incredibly misleading to the nature of the story, this does provide a good basis for making a joke about not shooting Iraqis I suppose.
2003-03-12 02:40:52 PM  
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Note to self... specify both width AND height.
2003-03-12 02:41:20 PM  
maybe blast craters make good dens?
2003-03-12 02:41:25 PM  
Saddam quickly orders 420,000 wolf costumes.
2003-03-12 02:41:35 PM  

After reading your post, I hate to say it but Darwin should be knocking at your door any day now.
2003-03-12 02:41:40 PM  
That's the military for you. They'll kill anything in their way. When my dad was in the Navy, on one day he saw a battleship literally blow a small island off the map.

When it was his ships turn, they asked him where the target was. He simply replied "what target? It's gone!"
2003-03-12 02:42:12 PM  
i think this is very cool. kudos to the base for that attitude. wolves are smart and pretty tolerant. they will coexist with the base, especially if they know they are not a target there. it's probably a good place for them. at least there they won't be shot for setting up a home near a ranch. a good number of the original wolves released were shot or poisoned by ranchers.
2003-03-12 02:45:02 PM  
Avixxen2: Smart and tolerant on rye bread with some mayo.
2003-03-12 02:45:11 PM  
It's coming rite for us!!

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2003-03-12 02:45:17 PM  
He made a recommendation and they agreed. What is asinine about that? It is not a law being passed to force anyone to do anything. They have land that is a perfect refuge and the wolves are taking advantage of that rarity and not hurting anything or anyone. I'll bet it's actually nice to be able to see them running around occasionally during a more boring day on base or whatnot for the soldiers. What is it with some of you people? You act like just not willfully killing everything in sight is akin to being PETA. Get over yourselves.
2003-03-12 02:45:35 PM  
03-12-03 02:41:40 PM Broccoli
That's the military for you. They'll kill anything in their way

That's sort of the point of the military.
2003-03-12 02:45:46 PM  
03-12-03 02:42:12 PM Avixxen2

"wolves are smart and pretty tolerant. they will coexist with the base, especially if they know they are not a target there."

Now I've heard everything. No, seriously.
2003-03-12 02:47:37 PM  

Life imitates art.

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2003-03-12 02:48:12 PM  
Just so long as they shoot some dirty hippies.
2003-03-12 02:48:30 PM  
In other news, Saddam Hussien tries to find enough Panada costumes to clothe the Iraqi army.
2003-03-12 02:48:44 PM  
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2003-03-12 02:49:46 PM  
No Broccoli. that's not the way the military works (any more). You'll go to jail in the Army if you intentionally shoot a dear at a range. Soldiers have been fined for chopping down trees and other abuses of the environment during training. During war, all that will (and should) go out the window, but the thinking is that we should take care of our military bases so that we'll be able to use them in the future.
2003-03-12 02:50:35 PM  
Damn'd wolves!!
2003-03-12 02:51:14 PM  
are you having fun in ROTC patricula?
2003-03-12 02:51:22 PM  
If only Taco hadn't take my mod points away for modding *the one true post* up.
2003-03-12 02:51:41 PM  
2003-03-12 02:51:56 PM  
Umm... surely all species are endangered when there's bullets flying around?
2003-03-12 02:52:34 PM  
I have to agree.... the asinine tag here CLEARLY refers to the poster (who seems to be a farkerheaded troll who assumed -- rightly in only a few cases -- that Farkers would flame before actually reading the article)

I say we superglue his wang to the back of a bus.
2003-03-12 02:54:14 PM  
so, it's okay to shoot em if they're invisible, right?
2003-03-12 02:54:15 PM  
Does this article justify urban warfare in zoo's?
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