Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hiker killed by mountain goat

While the ignominy of such a death may be shocking to the poor victim and his family, for whom I have the utmost sympathy, one wonders why a magnificent wild beast should be killed because it poses a risk to hikers who have the temerity to infringe upon it's domain.
Hiking is, after all, a way to get closer to nature and, despite the childrens picture book view of real life that we seem to adhere to these days, nature is wild, rugged and often savage.
If someone strays into the domain of a Lion or Tiger and is eaten for his stupidity people are not surprised but, when the agressor is a lowly goat people are horrified. Herbivores are quite capable of defending themselves and their territory. They are used to dealng with savage tooth and claw predators to survive. They should not be underestimated.

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