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MT: Motorist kills 8 bighorns

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  1. Smashy

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    By John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard

    A motorist drove his pickup truck through a herd of bighorn sheep on Highway 1, about 7 miles west of Anaconda, late Monday morning, killing at least eight animals, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

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    The driver, of Anaconda, wasn't injured or identified, said trooper Tom Gill.

    Montana wildlife personnel were looking for other sheep Monday afternoon that left the crash scene after being injured. More sheep deaths are expected, Gill said.

    Two of the dead animals were trophy rams, according to state wildlife biologist Ray Vinkey.

    The driver, an adult male, was cited with a misdemeanor traffic ticket. Alcohol wasn't a factor in the incident, the patrol said.

    Gill said the driver was westbound toward Georgetown Lake when the collision occurred.

    "He was not paying attention to the large signs saying ‘watch out for sheep on the road,' and didn't slow down," Gill said.

    The driver claimed the sun was in his eyes and he didn't see the sheep in the roadway, according to Gill. The herd was hit about 11:45 a.m.

    The driver was cited with failure to obey a traffic signal. Two, large electronic signs on the eastbound and westbound sides of the highway warn motorists to be award of bighorn sheep on the road.

    The sheep often gather on that stretch of roadway to lick salt, which is put there by road crews to melt ice.

    Gill said the driver's truck incurred light damage.


    http://www.mtstandard.com/articles/2010/01/12/area/hjijjiihjhffhb.txt
     
  2. Scared_of_zombies

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  3. Dalton Wayne

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    Hope he got to keep a few for the freezer. :cool:
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    yuuummmmmm....grilled sheep
     
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    I guess thats one way to get a trophy. :dunno:
     
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    What a bone-head! Obviously overdriving his vehicle. I 'spose he wouldn't have seen them if they were a pack of school kids either!

    They need to hit him with something harder.
     
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    I wonder if Montana will charge him replacement fees? Eight (X) will likely put a dent in his wallet.
     
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    Who needs a .300 Magnum when you have a pickup truck?
     
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    interesting that they cited him ..

    they wont let him keep the sheep ..

    if its anything like here with the sheep he just screwed up the draw results for a while
     
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    JJohnson Call me Jeff

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    It seems to me that instead of not paying attention to the large signs warning him of the sheep, he was instead NOT paying attention to the ovine licking the road.

    Perhaps they shouldn't have been standing there.
     
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    Lol. Cause sheep know the consequences of their actions.
    This was an accident and it is unfortunate. That's about it.
     
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    Don't be silly. They are just sheep.
     
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    Exactly. Instead, Let's add some insult to injury and ticket the guy after he already damaged his truck. The state already claimed responsibility for luring the sheep to the road with the salt. Seems to me that they should be paying for damages instead.
     
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    I don't think state-sponsored baiting was the purpose of the salt on the road.
     
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    Aren't there other methods than salt?
     
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    Maybe not the purpose - but a result - and a FORESEEN RESULT, right? :whistling:

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    JJohnson Call me Jeff

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    Yet they know that their decision brings sheep to the road and threatens them and the drivers. Further, knowing this they have the nerve to ticket drivers who hit one?
     
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    JJohnson Call me Jeff

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    I use a product on my drive that is made from corn. Not sure if that would help this situation but it is salt free and safe for concrete.
     
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    Good job jackass.

    I hope they fine the crap out of him and count them as 8 filled tags against his future license applications.
     
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    flamethrowers (or global warming if you are patient)