I read this article about PGA tour golfer Tripp Isenhour killing an endangered hawk while filming "Shoot Like A Pro," some golf TV show. My first reaction was, "I remember this when it was Dave Winfield's story."
Then I read the story.
It seems Tripp was annoyed by the hawk, so he started shooting balls at it. And missed. Then, when it was closer, he started again, eventually killing it.
“About the sixth ball came very near the bird’s head, and (Isenhour) was very excited that it was so close,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Brian Baine indicated in a report.
When I was 12, and on my first ever scout weekend trip (thank you, Jim Stout), we had a group of kids who stayed behind from a day hike, and hung around the campsite. A few of them found a partridge in a (non-pear) tree, and basically stoned it to death. When the leaders found out, they made the boys involved pluck, clean, cook and eat the bird, as a lesson. I remember one of them saying they'd never felt so guilty as they did when eating that bird -- but they were kids, and kids do stupid, brainless things.
This guy's a "professional," and an adult. It likely won't happen, but anyone guilty of such purposeful abuse should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Hopefully, there's no "celebrity exemption" on this one.Posted by Lincoln at March 07, 2008 12:20 PM