It just isn't safe to be a moose in the Black Hills. Wildlife enthusiasts, myself included, were delighted a few weeks ago to see a photo and accompanying story of a young bull moose swimming about in Pactola Reservoir.
Well, somebody shot him. The low-life who shot him didn't kill him and left him to suffer until he was discovered by elk hunters who called GF&P authorities. The animal died of its wounds shortly after GF&P investigators arrived. Journal headline writers say that GF&P officials suspect a poacher. Woster's story made it clear, however, there was no "suspicion" at all. Read it here.
On the outside chance that the moron who shot this animal (and left it thrashing to suffer where it fell) is literate, and might somehow stumble upon this: You're an asshole. Decent people, pro-gun, anti-gun, pro hunting and anti hunting, all decent people know you're an asshole too.
As you go through the next few days, please tell all your friends, everyone you meet, what a terrific thrill it was to mortally wound that animal and just leave it. If you did it to impress your friends, and they haven't turned you in, they're assholes too.
So here we are on the Decorum Forum and I've been reduced by my own anger to break my own no name-calling rule. Anyone think I shouldn't call this poacher an asshole?