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Letter: Javelina hunt a cruel practice

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EDITOR:

The Daily Courier featured an article on Feb. 3 regarding a javelina hunt and outdoor fair. In it, game and fish wildlife manager Darren Tucker was quoted as saying "Javelina are probably a little bit easier to hunt than deer or elk - they're a little more forgiving and easier to sneak up on, which is great for kids or people that are new to hunting."

This sick comment is a gross understatement. We are frequently visited by groups of javelina, including both adults and babies, and I routinely walk among them. They will not even react to your presence until you are within three feet of them and then will only slowly walk away. How can killing them be an enjoyable sport or even called "hunting?" You might as well shoot your family pet dog or cat.

Teaching children ages 8-10 to murder helpless and harmless animals in the name of hunting is disgusting. Wildlife manager Tucker should be ashamed of himself for advocating such activity. Parents would be better off, and so would their children, if they were taught baseball, football, soccer or other such sports.

I am a trained gun owner and not an anti-gun advocate, but this is clearly inappropriate. Javelina are part of the Arizona environment we all love and should not be used as training targets for children.

Are the few dollars the government collects from the sale of hunting licenses justification for slaughtering these beautiful animals?

Bert King

Prescott

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