Few things symbolize America more than a bald eagle.
Apple pie, capitalism and the Constitution all also come to mind, but the bald eagle certainly ranks up there.
The power, grace and freedom of the bald eagle encapsulates so many of the qualities that Americans hold dear in their country.
So when somebody has the audacity to deliberately hurt and maim these birds, it may as well be an attack on America.
With that being the case, 77-year-old John Divine launched a senseless and pathetic attack on Americana, according to KRDO-TV, citing Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers.
Divine, who lives in Colorado’s Rio Grande County, faces 10 misdemeanor charges for using poisons to kill wildlife. He had already paid $8,283.50 in fines over the same issue in April.
The sordid tale of animal cruelty actually began in January 2017.
An investigation was launched when a man allegedly found sheep body parts seemingly covered in poison in the area.
Finding the scenario odd, the man returned the next day to find more body parts covered in poison.
The man ultimately chose to monitor the area with a video camera and reported the incident to the CPW.
The CPW was ultimately able to identify Divine and confronted him about why he was putting out poisoned hunks of sheep meat in the environment.
Divine’s reasoning left much to be desired.
The 77-year-old claimed he was leaving out poisoned hunks of meat to stop the coyotes that were killing his sheep.
Apparently, Divine was unaware that other predators roamed the lands too, and would also be willing to chow down on free and easy meals.
“His actions caused the death of multiple species of wildlife, including five bald eagles, a coyote, a fox, magpies, crows and ravens,” said CPW wildlife officer Jeremy Gallegos. “Putting out poison is dangerous and can be deadly for wildlife, domestic animals, and people.”
CPW was ultimately thankful for the local citizens who helped bring their attention to the mindless killing of one of America’s most beautiful creatures.
“Without these individuals taking that step to notify us, we probably would have never known fully why the bald eagles were disappearing in the area, and there wouldn’t have been any accountability for the individual responsible,” Gallegos said. “It goes to show that we all can be a voice for wildlife.”
Bald eagles, already an endangered species, lost five of their ilk because of a man’s stupid attempt to deter coyotes.
Never mind that he was only likely to attract more unwanted predators by sprinkling poisoned meat around the area, or that animals other than coyotes find their food sources in the area. Divine’s plan was always doomed to fail considering there was absolutely zero guarantee that his poisoned meat was ever going to completely eradicate a coyote threat.
It would seem far more prudent to do more to protect his own sheep than to blindly attack wildlife.
Divine did eventually confess that he was the one baiting the animals.
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