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Letter: It is 'child's play' to shoot an animal in a preserve

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In response to the story, "Fargo girl bags 600-pound wildebeest during her first hunt," published Nov. 29:

The blue wildebeest, also known as a gnu, is only afraid of tawny mammals with four legs and a tail. A gnu is a herbivore and its strength is like the North Dakota State University Bison.

“For the strength of the Herd is the Bison And the strength of the Bison is the Herd.” One can substitute gnu for bison.

A quiet two-legged animal, one can get quite close to a gnu due its limited vision. Gnus rarely charge, so there is no real threat compared to say a rogue Cape buffalo. It is child’s play to shoot one. Shooting one in a “preserve,” (read high fence domesticated-animal game park), is certainly child’s play. It's like my uncle Vern letting me shoot his old Holstein bull in the cow pasture. (I declined.) That Holstein bull was clearly ornerier than any gnu.

Gnus, like other antelope (kudu, sable) as well as zebra and warthogs, are all endangered. One can say that in the 18,000-acre game park they are not, but this is specious logic as one considers the African continent as a whole. In Africa all mammals and many other animals are endangered. From pangolins to pumba (warthog), African animals are under siege.

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Politically unstable governments (e.g. Zimbabwe), global warming, (yes, Donald, there is global warming), poaching (think about the black rhinoceros), and unethical hunting (think about Cecil the lion), have taken their toll.

Most vertebrates left on earth are domesticated animals and humans. When will we teach our children and grandchildren they don’t have to kill these rare and endangered animals? These animals can be enjoyed with a camera. It is a lie that these animals are not threatened. There are plenty of non-endangered native game in North Dakota and Minnesota to hunt.

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