I am not cut out to be a hunter.
I just couldn’t bring myself to shoot anything cute and furry. I also couldn’t sit quietly for hours waiting for my prey. (You know that routine where Bill Engvall jokes about pushing his wife out of a tree? That would be me.) And given my current shooting skills, I’d have to wait for something to step 20 feet in front of me.
I get hunting for food. Many of my friends and relatives are big deer hunters. Some of them would have a hard time feeding large families without their hunting skills. Trophy hunting I have a bigger problem with. I just don’t understand why someone would spend tens of thousands of dollars to fly halfway across the world to shoot an animal just to stuff it and mount it. But I’m a big supporter on people wasting their own personal money however they see fit. And I know that the licensing fees for these hunts help support not only the wildlife, but the people who live in these areas.
But poachers? Those people are just evil. Last week, one of them got what was coming to him. A group of poachers were illegally hunting endangered rhinos (not to be confused with the also endangered political RINOS) in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, when they were surprised by an angry elephant. The elephant trampled one of the poachers to death. When the remaining poachers were picked up by the park rangers, they described their encounter and lead the rangers back to the scene of the crime hoping to recover his remains. But all they were able to locate were his severed head, some limbs and a bloody shoe. The rest of him had been devoured by lions. Call it the “revenge of Cecil.”
Poachers, 0. Lions, 1.
The surviving poachers remain in custody and have been charged with possession of illegal firearms, conspiracy to poach and trespassing. The park’s managing executive Glenn Phillips said: “Entering the Kruger illegally and on foot is not wise as it holds very many dangers and this incident is clear evidence of that.” Game reserve owner Nick Fox stated: “We are of course saddened at any loss of life but these men came to kill our animals and this sends out a powerful message to poachers that you will not always be the winner”.
Poachers continue to go after endangered rhinos because of the black market in their horns. This is despite the fact that there is no scientific evidence that they have any medicinal properties at all. But as long as people believe in such quackery, rhinos will always be a target of poachers. Hopefully, poachers will always be a target of hungry lions.