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(Slate)   One hundred years ago, the last passenger pigeon in the world died under mysterious circumstances, and now someone is investigation the murder tonight on Law & Order: Special Vermin Unit   ( slate.com) divider line
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2014-03-10 04:09:34 PM  
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jvl: stellarossa: We killed every single one of these damn birds until there were not enough left to continue breeding. Not for eating or for a cull but for sport. How farkin' shameful. We darn near did it with buffalo too.

That is not correct. Passenger pigeons were mostly killed by "market hunters" who sold the birds to the nearest city for food. Most bird life die-off (Geese, ducks, doves, most Sandpipers) prior to 1940 was caused by market hunting.

That said, the final flock of wild Passenger Pigeons was killed off by hunters who said to themselves, "hey look, it's the last flock so why not?"

The shotgun that was used for "market hunting" of wildfowl (no joke)
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2014-03-10 09:14:43 AM  
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calbert: "someone is investigation"

Then who was phone???
2014-03-10 09:11:52 AM  
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"Vermin", subby?

By all accounts, they were extremely tasty, which was part of the reason they went extinct.  You can look up high-end restaurant menus from 1800's NYC, and find them on the menu.
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