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.