Chicks of slain stork to be raised at facility


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it is great to wake up and hear good news. best of luck to them.

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If you're not sure what you're shooting, you shouldn't be shooting!

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Kniknaknokkaer has it right. First rule of hunter, if you're not 100% sure of what you're firing at, do NOT fire.

Why would he be shooting at a heron? (Or rather what he thought was a heron?) Are they designated pest animals? Are there really that many of them around?

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how could you mistake a stork with a heron? they are totally different looking birds...

probably some old fart

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@Alex Einz...

Easy.. old age poor eyesight

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"Why, Japanese people?!?!"

None of the articles has yet touched on the central question of why hunters were shooting herons.

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My wife and I visited the stork facility in Toyooka several years ago.

The entire community has rallied around protection of this severely endangered bird with remarkable success. This is a great conservation story in Japan, and could be modeled upon for the rest of the world.

Too bad that this female was "accidentally" killed -- these birds are MUCH bigger than herons. And since it would have had to be a shotgun, the range would have been no more than 50 meters, so easy to have been identified. Love to know whether this hunter was arrested or at least publicly shamed.

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According to this article, the hunter was part of a group out culling herons and shot it by mistake. After killing it the 60-yr-old noticed a ring on its leg and notified the hunting association.


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No further mention anywhere of the of the hunter, or his possible guilt or legal status. The silence in the mainstream press anyway, suggests it was just an 'oops' moment; nothing behind the scenes is being reported on the light web. I guess Japan is not a country where people rush to apportion blame.

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