Hank was doing some quiet internet browsing the other day, when he came across this article from the Washington Post.
Hmmm he thought - read and watch on. The wild turkeys are fighting back.
Check out this video first. Now that is one angry bird.
A great thing about this article is the reference point made by Marcus Lashley, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida in answer to the question,
“Why So Many Angry Birds?”
“When I talk to people, most don’t think of hunters being the drivers of conservation,” he said. “There’s an excise tax on hunting goods — guns and ammunition — and the money goes back into conservation at state agencies. And we wouldn’t have certain species if it weren’t for established bag limits.”
He further goes on to say
“The Lacey Act of 1900 that banned trafficking in illegal wildlife, and the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937 which added an excise tax for guns and ammunition that provides federal aid to states for management and restoration of wildlife. More than $7 billion has been collected from manufacturers since enactment and made available to states.”
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After watching this wild turkey chasing the poor mail Truck, Hank, being a curious sort of fellow did some more web surfing and came across this Scientific American article.
The highlight of this article must be a quote from Benjamin Franklin saying that Wild Turkeys would “not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on."
That reminds Hank of Homer Simpson's perfect reasoning for increased gun ownership.
“To keep the Queen of England out of your face”
It is funny isn't it when you start reading a hunting article all of the rabbit holes it can lead you down?
So that is it from Hank for now.
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