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Old 06-04-2018, 09:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy What would you have done?

We went to overland expo in Flagstaff last month, and instead of going straight home again, we stopped at Grand Canyon.
Instead of camping in the main campground we drove out to Havasupai Point.
If you go there be advised, you will get a lot of desert pinstriping.
Anyway after arriving there were seven or eight dead horses, we think they died of dehydration.
But there was one still alive, but the poor thing was not going to last long.
The ravens were waiting to peck out his eyes, as they had already done to the others.
My question is, the park has a policy of not discharging firearms, but since I did have a gun, I thought long and hard about putting the animal out of it's misery.
On the other hand I don't need the government coming after me for breaking the rules.
So I left the horse without doing anything, but I feel terrible about it, what would you have done?
I did take a couple of pictures, but I don't think anyone would like to see them.
And some other folks had a signal on their cell phones, so they contacted the park rangers to let them know the situation

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Old 06-04-2018, 10:54 AM   #2
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What a tough situation to be put in, I don't envy you.

I would probably have done just what you did. The other people contacting the Rangers was the right thing to do as well, though they probably couldn't have made it out there for at least a few more days. Unlikely there would have repercussions, but I wouldn't have wanted to risk jail time and an arrest (let alone a firearms related arrest) on my record.


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Old 06-04-2018, 11:13 AM   #3
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I would have offered the horse water (I tend to carry 30+ gallons), if it didnt help then I would have called park officials and let it be.
I grew up around horses, but I'm not going to break laws.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:16 PM   #4
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Definitely upsetting. No right or wrong answer im sure, just wether or not you want to deal with the government.
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:55 PM   #5
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No, I certainly don't want any dealings with the government, unless I have no choice.
And as for giving the horse water, we didn't have any except for the small bottles of drinking water. I know I need to be better prepared. And the park rangers were notified. It was a tough call to drive away without doing anything though.
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:55 PM   #6
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If one were all alone out there then that might make it an easier decision. You would not want to do anything like that with witnesses around. Know what I mean??
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:09 PM   #7
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If the park rangers were notified then that's all you can do. Alone?? I would have done the humane thing. Ugh. That's tough, the natural order can be unkind.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:43 PM   #8
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That's a tough choice indeed. I firmly believe in the rule of law and have never shot an animal that I did not intend to eat...four legs, two wings, or otherwise. This one, however, would be a "wobbler" if no one else was around. I hate to see animals suffer in the way you describe.

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