| One day you're going to college to become a wildlife official because you love animals. The next thing you know you're shocking thousands of colorful koi in a pond and feeding them to injured raptors
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HOLYOMGWTFBBQ... people taking care of birds that eat fish are feeding them fish!
| Shadow Blasko
Yeah, thats kind of how it works.
| Jack Kerouac
Koi: the shiat machines of the fish world. They seem to eat everything, and shiat it out 5 seconds later.
Don't tase me bro...
News flash.. animals eat other animals.
| Maud Dib
Saw a huge platinum koi in our local spring-fed river. I went to try and net the bastard, it was worth 3-400 bucks, easily.
Dropped my damn net in the river..... : /
One day you're working for your county forest preserve district managing invasive plants the next thing you know you're sitting in a deer stand
I read that as feeding them injured raptors. Much less exciting in real life.
Makes perfect sense. Invasive species reduced, native species given a leg (or fin) up, and predators given real food like they'd find in the wild.
Saw a red-tailed hawk snag a squirrel off of a 495 on-ramp. It flew right in front of the windshield, with the furry guy dangling from the hawk's talons. Felt sad for the squirrel....but man, was it cool to see a raptor doing his job.
I used to do fun stuff like whack invasive plants and cull deer and shock fish but now it's all GIS all the time.
| Amos Quito
Man works to restore natural ecological balance in man-made lake with man-made problems.
Are they cute when they're young or are they pretty much horrible the whole time?
kokomo61: Makes perfect sense. Invasive species reduced, native species given a leg (or fin) up, and predators given real food like they'd find in the wild.
Something similar happened to me before. I was driving in Toledo (Ohio) down a major road and all of a sudden a pigeon starts flying in front of me at my speed. At first, I was; "aw, that's pretty neat." Until a freaking hawk dive-bombed the sucker and almost crashed into my windshield.
I quickly went from "Holy shiat!" to "Damn that was cool!" after my heart returned to my chest.
/birds of prey can be pretty cool sometimes.
//Unless you own chickens
Non native species in a man made link o.O
What species of fish was Native to that patch of dirt?
*sigh* man made lake
OnlyM3: Non native species in a man made link o.O
I have an uncle who worked for the federal forestry service. His son now does the same thing, but for whatever the state level agency in Alaska is called. Both are avid hunters and fishermen who "love" animals--with a side of potatoes.
| Raging Thespian
What a hungry raptor might look like:
OM NOM NOM
Rostin: I have an uncle who worked for the federal forestry service. His son now does the same thing, but for whatever the state level agency in Alaska is called. Both are avid hunters and fishermen who "love" animals--with a side of potatoes.
Don't forget the gravy. Got to have gravy.
The picture in that story...that's not a koi.
That's a "fancy" goldfish. Looks like a Ryukin.
Goldfish are probably the first manmade animal. The ancient Chinese breeding fancy goldfish from carp, artificially selecting them for various shapes and colors. They also developed decorative koi from carp. Goldfish were generally kept indoors, koi outdoors.
Anyway, goldfish aren't koi.
GeekDragon: Holy carp.
| The Irresponsible Captain
Wait until the C.L.I.T. hears about that.
Awww and such a cute little baby raptor.
| Grammatik Polizei
There was a lake around here with gold fish. They introduced sterile muskies - problem solved. Now there is open fishing on the muskies since they are doomed anyway...
I bet those guys would much rather shock fish than write reports no one will read.
Loving animals is not the same as loving fish.
| Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf
How do you upset the ecological balance of a man-made (as opposed to naturally occurring) lake?
chuckufarlie: Loving animals is not the same as loving fish.
True. a lot harder to keep them on.
It seems that this problem could be cleared up a lot more efficiently with feral cats outfitted with scuba gear.
I worked briefly on San Clemente Island off the California coast. They have an endangered bird, the loggerhead shrike, that a team of biologists was coaxing back to viability. This apparently involved waking up really early to prep the "pinkies." This involved taking tiny, nearly hairless mice, bashing their heads into the curb to stun them, and offering their bloody little maimed bodies to the birds held in captivity at the bio station.
The thing that boggled my mind was that the people who did this were the same ones who screamed and threw a fit if you used butter in their "vegan" pans.
/hot like the show
//never watch the movie
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