Hunting rabbits: Shooters to visit airport this week


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2dogs
July 11, 2003, 07:51 AM
sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wow, the Dept of Agriculture has their own sharpshooters!?:what:

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http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/6261337.htm

Hunting rabbits: Shooters to visit MIA this week
BY CHARLES RABIN
crabin@herald.com




This week, sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are scheduled to make a much-anticipated visit to the grounds of Miami International Airport.

Their mission: to shoot the dozen or so remaining black-tailed jack rabbits that airport officials say continue to threaten aircraft safety.

It means the death penalty for the airport's hare population, which only six weeks ago received a reprieve from a county manager who has since resigned.

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the airport to get rid of the jack rabbits one way or another. The hares attract turkey vultures, which can wind up hitting windshields or getting sucked into airplane engines.

The airport signed up the USDA to shoot the jack rabbits in February, but after complaints from animal lovers, MIA officials gave volunteers until the end of May to trap the hares and fly them to a ranch in Texas.

When that deadline neared, then-County Manager Steve Shiver announced he was giving the hare removers another month.

After that, Shiver said, the rabbits would not be killed.

The county would set up a hot line and send out trappers on a hare-by-hare basis.

In little more than two months, chief rabbit trapper Todd Hardwick says he has captured more than 315 hares.

But Shiver is gone now, and with him apparently any likelihood of the county's giving trappers more time.

Shiver's replacement, George Burgess, said through his communications office Tuesday that he would let county Aviation Director Angela Gittens deal with the rabbit ordeal.

''We need to bring this process to a close,'' airport spokesman Marc Henderson said. He said the USDA would send in the shooters this week but did not say which day.

Broward County dermatologist Steven Rosen, who paid for the trapping and flights to Texas, said Tuesday that he has hired an attorney and is trying to get an injunction to stop the shooting.

Henderson said it was simply a matter of safety: ``A dozen rabbits, that's what Todd estimated. But rabbits do unfortunately breed. We had a red-tailed hawk swoop down and maul a rabbit at the airport two weeks ago. We still have a safety concern.''

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Kharn
July 11, 2003, 08:16 AM
Broward County dermatologist Steven Rosen, who paid for the trapping and flights to Texas, said Tuesday that he has hired an attorney and is trying to get an injunction to stop the shooting.
Broward County, why am I not surprised?

Kharn

TarpleyG
July 11, 2003, 08:20 AM
Hey, I resemble that remark!

As much as I hate the idea of ruthlessly murdering a bunch of rabbits, they are pests and pests sometimes must be dealt with. Hell, they saved most of them. What's a few dozen dead?

GT

DrPsycho
July 11, 2003, 09:41 AM
I find it kinda ironic that a dermatologist would choose to save these hares. Since most cosmetics/skin lotion things ARE tested on animals (as required by law before sale for human use).

Cosmoline
July 11, 2003, 02:45 PM
I just got a mental picture of a bunch of SWATish Ninja types in a sniper nest, getting the order over the headset to "take the shot, repeat, you are authorized to TAKE THE SHOT!"

Sunray
July 11, 2003, 03:06 PM
Cosmoline, not me. My first thought was what do you hunt with a hunting rabbit? I'm surprised there isn't a lot of whining about the increased numbers of coyotes around that airport. Never mind the raptors. Turkey vultures are scavengers are they not?
Up here at the Toronto Airport, the problem is deer wandering around the nice lush grass growing beside the runways. Seems to me the bozos runnning the airport even planted alfalfa or soy beans. Then wondered why they get hordes of big deer. There's an extensive fairly isolated ravine that runs right next to the airport. The deer live in there and come out for meals. No hunt allowed either. The local mayor thinks she has a say.

Kestryll
July 11, 2003, 04:13 PM
Wow, the Dept of Agriculture has their own sharpshooters!?

sssssssssssssssss..the produce aisle is secure...I say again produce aisle is secure, proceeding to the meat aisle, will rendezvous at checkpoint 'lambchop' repeat 'lambchop'.....ssssssssssss

:evil:

280PLUS
July 11, 2003, 05:13 PM
ooooooooooo,,,wait till i get my hands on 'em,,,

:D

Mannlicher
July 11, 2003, 06:20 PM
A perspective, if I may, from a Miami resident.

This has been an issue for years. Some time back, they killed a lot of them, and the anti everything folks got it stopped. Now they want to clean the rest of the rabbits out.

The bunnies are not local rabbits, but western ones. God knows how they got here, but the story is that some escaped from a shipment years ago.

The problem with them, is that planes run over them, buzzards gather for the free meal, and cause an ingestion danger for jets. Simple as that. I hope they kill them all, because I live next to the darn airport, and don't want a damaged plane to land on my house. :uhoh:

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