Letters to the Editor

Re: Greenhills bighorn sheep

I do understand the necessity to shoot this animal if it was  terminally ill or injured and could not be treated. However, I do have a question regarding  the justification for shooting the  animal in the neck which was “to preserve the carcass for a  veterinarian’s examination.” This excuse is then followed by the  conservation officer’s statement: “It is a trophy ram and will be put  on display.” I am confused by this. If the veterinarian was not  going to examine the brain, what  really was the reason for shooting  it in the neck?

What were the post mortem results?  My guess (and only a guess) is  that the ram was starving, and providing some feed would have cured  the problem.


Deborah Muirhead


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