Sunday, July 31, 2011

Huh?

Cops have busted a group of oddball poachers in Prospect Park — a band of vagrants that was trapping and eating ducks, squirrels and pigeons.
Parks officers wrote four tickets — two for killing wildlife and two for illegal fishing — totaling $2,100 in fines during a two-day period last week.
The city would not immediately release details of the incidents, which occurred on July 17 and 18 — just days after park-goers told rangers about a “Beverly Hillbillies”-like scene on the southeast side of the lake, near the ice skating rink.
“This is a dodgy group,” said park-goer Peter Colon, who spotted one of the men catching a pigeon while his friend started a fire. “They are the most threatening people in the park.”
The disheveled — and possibly homeless — tribe in question uses “makeshift” fishing poles and traps to catch the critters, then grills them over the fire, according to park watchdogs.
“One woman uses a net to bag the ducks,” said wildlife advocate Johanna Clearfield.
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When I first read this article, my mind immediately went about 37 different directions at once. A half hour later and I'm still chasing it down.
I still can't come up with a decent post about it so I'm just gonna wing it.

Hey, I'm against poaching as much as the next sportsman but there's a big difference in poaching because you can't get your animal any other way and poaching in order to feed you and your family.
But then again, maybe they're just poaching/harvesting so they can save their gubmint checks for dope instead of wasting it on food. Homeless folks are crafty that way, you know.
And as far as fining them 2 large, who in the fuck are they kidding? These folks can't even afford to house or feed themselves and now they're gonna owe the county 2000 bucks? Shit, they can't even afford their drug habits. They're going to end up making 3-4 court appearances until the judge gets tired of them and then sentences them to jail to sleep off their fines, courtesy of the tax payers.
And what the hell is this 'One woman uses a net to bag the ducks' shit all about? How in the fuck was she supposed to catch them? You ever try to catch a duck without a net? You're gonna end up soaking wet and wore out, not to mention duck-bit which means the duck is going to be all fucked up from being duck-kicked - they may have little teeth but it still pisses you off. So yeah, a net is kinda sorta important for duck poaching. I mean, there are alternatives, but if that wildlife advocate got upset over a duck being netted, she'd probably go catatonic if she heard about one getting nailed with a 9 iron.
And then there's this - 'The disheveled — and possibly homeless — tribe in question uses “makeshift” fishing poles and traps to catch the critters, then grills them over the fire'. Holy shit, not makeshift fishing poles!!!!! But if they didn't spend all their money on dope they could afford a nice Pflueger rod & reel baitcaster combo from Bass Pro. But wait! There's more: They have the balls to actually cook their food over a fire? A real fire? With flames and shit? They should've been shot for that maneuver, especially since they probably didn't even have a fire permit.

Yeah, so maybe what they oughta do is drop the charges to save the taxpayers some bucks and run those dodgy poachers back off to the middle of town where they can harass working people on the sidewalk instead of netting ducks and catching fish with makeshift gear. There's an upside for them, too - they won't have to travel as far to break into homes and cars to support their drug habits.