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(Fox News)   Arizona conservationists spend $150,000 to airlift 31 bighorn sheep onto new reservation with thriving mountain lion population. Guess what happens   (foxnews.com) divider line 111
    More: Dumbass, Fish Department, western U.S., wildlife officials, Center for Biological Diversity, conservation, exact science  
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2014-03-18 11:56:05 PM  
nom nom nom
 
2014-03-19 12:39:44 AM  

Hobodeluxe: nom nom nom


...what I get for not using my TF on a regular basis....

[hiss]
 
2014-03-19 12:41:58 AM  
You get happy mountain lions.

Wait, you mean they weren't supposed to eat all of them? Well, figure out a cheaper way to get them in, and plant cameras.
 
2014-03-19 12:42:24 AM  
Well, if history tells us anything, the sheep and the mountain lions formed communities based on mutual respect and friendship. They quickly learned to set aside their differences and even built schools and churches where any species could attend without fear of being eaten.
 
2014-03-19 12:43:07 AM  
The mountain lion's enemies aren't all innocent subby.

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2014-03-19 12:44:20 AM  
They fix the cable?
 
2014-03-19 12:46:51 AM  
www.hoax-slayer.com

Soon ...
 
2014-03-19 12:46:51 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-19 12:50:05 AM  
o_O
 
2014-03-19 12:50:16 AM  
Where's the goat bighorn sheep?

jp.popapostle.com
 
2014-03-19 12:50:41 AM  
Are you completely sure it wasn't just the lunch truck (okay, lunch choppah) for the cougars?
 
2014-03-19 12:53:06 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: The mountain lion's enemies aren't all innocent subby.

/Hail Satan


Yay Blood Orgy!
 
2014-03-19 12:56:28 AM  
♪ It's the cirrrrrcle of liiiiiife♪
 
2014-03-19 12:56:43 AM  
150K to move 31 sheep? Who'd they have watching 'em, these guys?

www.slantmagazine.com
 
2014-03-19 12:58:18 AM  
I mean, without reading the article, if it's an attempt to get a population going with some hope that they'll spread, $150k is a small amount of money to spend.

If there's a 10% chance of it working, and you do this 10 times, maybe you reintroduce an animal into an area for $1.5m.

A bunch of those are going to fail, and then someone can be all "you wasted money doing science!"

Again, without reading the article.  This could also just be some dumb guy saying "hey I want sheep here."
 
M-G
2014-03-19 01:01:32 AM  
Maybe they should hire these guys....

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2014-03-19 01:01:36 AM  
They should be okay......I heard that the majority of cougars live in Scottsdale.
 
2014-03-19 01:06:19 AM  

SquiggsIN: Oldiron_79: DarkSoulNoHope: The mountain lion's enemies aren't all innocent subby.

/Hail Satan

Yay Blood Orgy!



... something something Sandstorm


I don't think sandstorm was playing in that scene but you couldn't avoid that song for about 10 years after it came out.
 
2014-03-19 01:10:19 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: They fix the cable?


Came for this meme, leaving happy.
 
2014-03-19 01:14:41 AM  
Killing mountain lions to protect the sheep is a dumb idea, that screws with the sustainability of the mountain lion population. Shouldn't they just expect some of the sheep to die? I thought that was how things worked when you were trying to reintroduce a population.
 
2014-03-19 01:14:45 AM  
Why so expensive?  Were they airlifted?

How about putting the sheep in the back of a truck and dropping them off where they need to be?
 
2014-03-19 01:15:23 AM  
ah..shiat.. it says right there they were airlifted.  Nevermind
 
2014-03-19 01:22:12 AM  
Dinner happens.
 
2014-03-19 01:22:36 AM  
I dunno, but I'll be goddamned if I'm going to lick Rupert Murdoch taint to find out.
 
2014-03-19 01:23:01 AM  
+1 internet for me for not saying "He fixes the cable".
 
2014-03-19 01:25:06 AM  
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/young Fakers, I am disappoint. Why is no one talking about the most interesting part of that article?
 
2014-03-19 01:26:32 AM  

worlddan: [global.fncstatic.com image 156x195]

/young Fakers, I am disappoint. Why is no one talking about the most interesting part of that article?


She probably voted for Romney.
 
2014-03-19 01:28:15 AM  
Nature? Like every time they do it?
 
Juc
2014-03-19 01:28:32 AM  
if they want a stable sustainable population I woulda figured that you'd have needed more if you're trying to repopulate a prey animal at least.
 
2014-03-19 01:31:30 AM  

Juc: if they want a stable sustainable population I woulda figured that you'd have needed more if you're trying to repopulate a prey animal at least.


That is what I was think. 31 sheep do not a useful population make.  Seriously did no one study the rate of predation in flock where cougars were native?
 
2014-03-19 01:33:18 AM  
C'mon fark - don't disappoint Son...  This was the GWB - no sheep left behind legacy.  Sometime bout the year of Unicorn, -0008.
 
2014-03-19 01:35:40 AM  
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2014-03-19 01:36:21 AM  
Well - they are do great guns conserving the mountain lions.

Two thumbs up.
 
2014-03-19 01:39:05 AM  
Democracy: a hill full of mountain lions eating over half of 31 sheep.

--Rand Paul
 
2014-03-19 01:39:44 AM  
Was it real money or "fungible" money?
 
2014-03-19 01:45:19 AM  

worlddan: [global.fncstatic.com image 156x195]

/young Fakers, I am disappoint. Why is no one talking about the most interesting part of that article?


I like the way you think
 
2014-03-19 01:47:45 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: Soon ...


What? They got their sack caught in the wooden chair?

Oh... the mountain lion! Nevermind.
 
2014-03-19 01:49:13 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: [www.hoax-slayer.com image 400x300]

Soon ...


Forget that lurking cougar, that slatted chair will be your doom!
 
2014-03-19 01:49:39 AM  
Why not just send a bunch of young men for those cougars?
 
2014-03-19 01:50:33 AM  

wildcardjack: You get happy mountain lions.

Wait, you mean they weren't supposed to eat all of them? Well, figure out a cheaper way to get them in, and plant cameras.


They only ate like, half of them.

/Natural selection at work
 
2014-03-19 01:51:05 AM  
"All we're doing is removing mountain lions that prey on bighorn sheep in the best habitat area for those sheep," he said, adding that the mountain lion population is "not only healthy, it's thriving and expanding."

Really?  No kidding?  Because it's not like you're essentially bringing them takeout meals or anything.  A predator food source spikes in numbers and the predator population spikes with it.
 
2014-03-19 01:55:34 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just send a bunch of young men for those cougars?


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2014-03-19 02:10:24 AM  
Maybe they weren't sheep conservationists. Maybe they were mountain lion conservationists. Ever think of that?
 
2014-03-19 02:10:59 AM  

Canton: wildcardjack: You get happy mountain lions.

Wait, you mean they weren't supposed to eat all of them? Well, figure out a cheaper way to get them in, and plant cameras.

They only ate like, half of them.

/Natural selection at work


Unfortunately it was planned by a Creationist who thought the animals should go two by two, and all the males were eaten.
 
2014-03-19 02:25:09 AM  
Conservationists are farking CLUELESS when it comes to how nature actually works!
 
2014-03-19 02:38:24 AM  
Sounds like they might need to take out some more mountain lions to get a sustainable herd going. I'm sure that will go over well.

/You break it, you buy it, I guess.
 
2014-03-19 02:39:10 AM  

worlddan: [global.fncstatic.com image 156x195]

/young Fakers, I am disappoint. Why is no one talking about the most interesting part of that article?


Ha!  Came here to say THIS.  I'd much rather look at her than a picture of sheep.  As a bonus, she knows how to write.  Very good with the commas and hyphens.  She even tosses in an em dash.
 
2014-03-19 02:48:57 AM  

SquiggsIN: It's really too bad the sinful humans ruined it for the rest of the world's animals (like sheep).  I learned at this museum in Kentucky that all the animals used to be vegetarians a few thousand years ago.  Maybe we could retrain the mountain lions to graze like the sheep?


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2014-03-19 03:00:19 AM  
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2014-03-19 03:10:05 AM  

7FARK7: Conservationists are farking CLUELESS when it comes to how nature actually works!


i.imgur.com
Can't speak for others, but I once worked for 3 months on a grant-funded vegetation biodiversity study for these guys. They were certainly on the ball.
 
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