Brickbat: Oh, Deer


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About two years ago, a young doe showed up at the Mcgaughey family farm in Kansas. The family fed and it, and soon the deer was playing with their pets and knocking on the door when it wanted to come into the house. Then one day, game wardens showed up at the house and shot the deer in front of the family. Even though the family had never confined the deer, the wardens said the deer was "unlawfully possessed" and state law does not allow people to keep deer as pets.

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  1. You become a game warden if you believe having to shout STOP RESISTING to justify doing your job is beneath you.

  2. THEY SHOT BAMBI !!!!!, those fucking heathens

    1. No they shot Bambi’s mother. is plotting his revenge

      1. THEY SHOT BAMBI’S MOTHER !!!!!! those fucking heathens

  3. The FYTW clause strikes again.

  4. Christ, what assholes.

  5. Look…. that deer was consuming undergrowth that would otherwise have been available on the undergrowth market. So even if the undergrowth was solely on their property……

  6. I see the squirrels survived the holiday weekend….

  7. The Disneyfication of Reason is almost complete. Bring in the singing teacups.

    1. you got a permit for those sing teacups pal?

  8. That deer was ILLEGAL. What don’t you understand about ILLEGAL?

    1. Deer aren’t illegal!!! Racist!

      The correct term is “Undocumented”.

      1. No sanctuary cities in KS.

  9. ohdeerme
    1/10/2017 12:45 AM EST
    What is troubling about this incident, and the ensuing comments, is the presumption that the State of Kansas is somehow a rational and functional State. Kansas is so extreme in beliefs and political fervor that, were the continual stream of right wing insane blatherings just that, it would be amusing. The reality is that their leaders have crippled their economy with bizzare austerity measures, but left intact a heavy military/police thug force, that will show up with heavy weapons and backup, and kill a deer. Granted, that’s easier than chasing their scourge of meth labs and users. But hey, it’s a deer. The deer lovers are fortunate the weapons weren’t turned on them…


    1. Yes, if only those thugs were being put to better use by The State.

      1. Glass half full?

  10. Maybe, one day, there will be technology to actually test animals for a disease.
    Maybe, one day, the word “possess” will have a meaning.
    Maybe, one day, this will be a country of individual freedoms.
    Maybe, one day.

  11. Apparently emotion counts more than science at reason and little Charlie felt bad the deer died. The lack of understanding of wildlife management in this coverage is amazing. It is illegal in most states to possess live wild animals (as was this) and agencies have standards and protocols put in place by biologists for handling these animals. Chronic Wasting disease is spread between domestic deer (deer farms) and wild animals. When it got into New York there was a widespread culling of the deer herd in the infected area (hundreds of deer had to be killed) because someone wanted to allow the back and forth interaction between wild and domestic animals. One sided “they shot my baby deer” articles is not journalism, it is tree hugger propaganda.

    1. Game wardens killed a deer ? in front of the family…this is the greater point.

    2. It is illegal in most states to possess live wild animals

      Define “possess”.

      1. “About two years ago, a young cat showed up at the Mcgaughey family farm in Kansas. The family fed and it, and soon the cat was playing with their pets and knocking on the door when it wanted to come into the house.”
        If you asked the family about their pet cat, and they insisted it wasn’t theirs, how convinced would you be?

    3. That is a big old pile of begged questions, appeals to authority, and non sequiturs. What’s missing is a point.

      1. DON’T SHOT BAMBI’S MOTHER, that’s the fucking point

  12. Perhaps the deer was mistaken for a dog and the game warden was merely clearing the property of dangerous animals so the police could bust down a few doors, flash-bang a toddler and serve a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket in Topeka?

  13. The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

    “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

    David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

    2 Samuel 12:1-6

    1. teach you to be fucking poor…

  14. My mom had a pet deer growing up, where she lived in the hills. One day a hunter drove by and saw the deer, and shot. Good mountain girl that she was, my mom immediately started chasing after the hunter with a rifle. My grandparents were scared to death she would kill him. But not even mountain girls can run as fast as a car with driver driving for his life.

    p.s. A straighter road and she might have got him.

  15. Did the family at least get the venison?

    1. No. They always “donate it to someone in need”. Like other wardens.

  16. Gee, that seems like an appropriate response, if you’re a psychopath.

    1. This particular individual needs to shoot the deer.

  17. and knocking on the door when it wanted to come into the house

    If they were letting the deer into the house they were “in possession,” and at risk. Deer are wild animals, and no mater how acclimated to humans they are, they can be dangerous when cornered or startled, or during breeding season.

    No, the warden shouldn’t have shot it in front of the kids. But the parents seriously need educating, and the deer relocated..

    1. That’s the bottom line. Kill the deer somewhere else. I get why they killed it. However, just what did they teach the family? That in no way will The State use any common sense, tact, or show of actual good will.

      My guess, they’re all hoping to become bouncers for United.

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