Why Does Ashley Judd Hate Baby Caribou?
We already know how Miss Judd feels about unborn baby humans who get in the way of her "looking like a feminist". But now we learn that Miss Judd finds baby caribou to be equally expendable when it comes to pursuing her political agenda. Ed Morrissey reports:
... Perhaps Judd might want to change the name of her group to the Defense of Selected Wildlife Action Fund. The aerial hunt intended on thinning the number of wolves in order to protect an endangered caribou population that had dropped to only 500. Since the ban on wolf hunting decades ago, the top-of-the-food-chain predator has made a stunning comeback, lately at the expense of its usual prey.(emphasis in original)
For a group that wants to protect wildlife, they seem strangely unconcerned about the plight of the caribou and moose … unless it comes to drilling in ANWR, which doesn’t actually harm the caribou at all.
By the way, Palin’s strategy worked. Biologists in the state’s Fish and Game Department estimate that the caribou herds increased to 6500 this year, thanks to the reduced threat from wolves. The birth rate went from one calf per 100 cows to 39 calves per 100 cows, which will help herd growth for the next several years. Another season without the aerial hunt might have wiped out the caribou herds altogether.
As I wrote at the time, critics of responsible wildlife management seem to live in Cartoon World, where the wolf and the bear and the caribou all become best friends and have adventures together with the plucky little kid from the local village. In fact, the wolf and the bear will eat the caribou until there are none left, and would have the plucky little kid for dessert if they could.
Judd should get out of Cartoon World and learn something about wildlife management — and Palin’s success — before opening her mouth and removing all doubt about her ignorance.
Update: From the comments, a look at the reason why wolf hunting takes place:
Planet Earth - Wolf Vs. Caribou