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Montana Officials Kill, Blow Up Orphaned Moose

Photo by Veronika Ronkos

Photo by Veronika Ronkos

If you don’t think hunting agencies are the enemies of wildlife, you don’t know much about hunting agencies.” — Joe Miele, president, Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

That comment was posted to the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Facebook page last week, along with a link to a sickening news story published by The Dodo about an orphaned moose calf whom Montana wildlife officials killed because that’s what they do. After the newborn moose was put to death, members of the U.S. Forest Service used explosives to get rid of the calf’s lifeless body and those of the animal’s deceased mother and a sibling.

According to a report in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, U.S. Forest Service staff “used explosives to get rid of the carcasses of all three moose, spreading the proteins that might attract predators like grizzly bears to the campground.”

A camper from Bozeman, Montana, named Josh Hohm had encountered the orphaned calf and alerted local authorities, whom he figured would help, not slaughter, the young animal.

Andrea Jones, a spokesperson for the Montana wildlife gestapo, told various media outlets that her agency had no choice but to destroy the calf in order to prevent the possible spread of chronic wasting disease. Plus, Jones offered matter-of-factly, the newborn moose probably wouldn’t have survived anyway.

Only a useless fool could possibly believe that Jones and her jackbooted colleagues care about the well-being of wildlife in Montana. Their objective is to provide a user-friendly experience for humans, particularly those who delight in killing animals. Indeed, as far as the Montana wildlife gestapo is concerned, animals and their habitats exist for human use.

The bastards believe they know what’s best for other species and ours. And they’ll stick to their insulting story that what was best for the orphaned calf was to be put to death. Blowing the bodies of three dead moose to smithereens was, in state officials’ eyes, in the best interests of humans who might want to use campgrounds, like the one in which Hohm encountered the calf, without having to share the space with animals who might call the area home.

This is so-called “wildlife management” in action. This is a snapshot of the taxpayer-supported war on animals that rages on, as a policy and a business, from state to state. This is what a newborn moose got for losing her mother.


  1. abigail wrote:


    Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Klacier wrote:

    Breaks my heart. It’s frightening how cruel man can really be to other animals.

    Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:39 am | Permalink
  3. Pattie Tome wrote:

    What the hell is wrong with society and the never ending thrill they get from destroying innocent animals? Sick sick Bastards.

    Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:10 am | Permalink
  4. Drake Black wrote:

    The total disregard for wildlife & ecosystems in places like Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming & the western Great Lakes regions are sickening, especially their attitudes toward wolves. Sickening, ignorant & despicable.

    Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  5. Dill wrote:

    Mr. Brensilver. Thank you for running this site. I have a serious question for you. What do you think Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks should do in this situation? I agree that killing the calf is not a good choice, but how should they have handled the situation?

    Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

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