Crow's qualities lost on Minnesota shooter

  • Article by: Jenni Charrier
  • Updated: April 4, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Last week, we were quite saddened by the news that the American crow we had rescued and delivered to a local wildlife rehabilitation center was unable to be saved.

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dingorockApr. 4, 13 9:08 PM

Studies have shown that crows have the ability to distinguish the faces (or masks) of people that are kind or mean to them AND ALSO to be able to share that information with their fellow crows. Let's hope one of them got a look at the shooter and will share it with his fellow crows!

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klein33Apr. 4, 13 9:30 PM

Ever been pecked by a crow? i have. It hurts. That crow did not show much compassion for me.

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daveyleeApr. 4, 13 9:37 PM

Couldn't agree more with the author. While we've never specifically fed the crows in our neighborhood, they do hang around the critter mix I put out for the rabbits, ducks, etc. We have one in our area that has a damaged left wing that hangs down slightly and keeps it from extended flight. I first noticed this bird about 9 or 10 years ago when we first put out our bird feeders. I got a big smile a couple weeks ago when I saw it feeding in a yard a couple blocks away! Glad to see he/she made it through another winter! The crows are great at alerting me to birds of prey in the area. If I hear a large number of crows making noise early in the morning, I know to grab my camera and head out to look around for our resident Great Horned Owl. Crows also gave me the opportunity to see a Coopers Hawk in action last year. Yeah, they're noisy, and not particularly beautiful, but that's no reason to start taking pot shots at them.

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owatonnabillApr. 5, 13 8:27 AM

Crows are cool critters. Any lad growing up in Northern MN can attest to the fact that you can walk unarmed under trees and skies filled with crows and they pay you nary a nevermind--but show up with a rifle tucked under your arm and the alarm immediately goes out. Same with cats--any outdoor cat learns right quick that strolling in the yard with crows about means a vicious divebombing. Knew a guy who had one that talked too--didn't say much: "good fella" and "hi there" was about it. And there was one that hung out with the smokers at work just to eat their cigarette butts--it would wobble around with sort of a glazed expression after eating a couple but next break time it was back for another nicotine fix. But be that as it may; they can be pests...there's one that hangs around owatonnabill's home who has figured out how to open the top of the plastic dumpster and get at the items below, and they're hell on baby birds in the spring. Owatonnabill has no problem with crows that mind their manners but has no qualms about shooting the pests.

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kezaezyApr. 5, 1310:59 AM

My deepest condolences. I'm honored to be accepted into my neighborhood crow family as well. They follow me through the park and will sit near me as long I'm out and about. When I went out of town a couple of winters ago, they were the first to welcome me home -- they spotted me trudging down Nicollet Mall from the light rail station and swooped down to greet me as soon as I hit the neighborhood. Sometimes they sit outside my window and call to me until I awake and give them breakfast. Humans can be so casually cruel, selfish, ignorant, cold. Thank you for your kindness and wisdom, author.

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Don9539Apr. 5, 1311:20 AM

The author needs to take a look at the MN hunting regs before saying shooting crows is illegal. There is a legally defined crow season and they can be dispatched anytime they are doing damage or about to do damage, which is basically all the time. Perhaps the shooter was angry after witnessing that crow destroy a song bird's eggs in a nest, as they often do.

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davehougApr. 5, 1312:22 PM

Excellent article on how a person's connection turns a 'target' into a fellow creature of our Creator. Empathy and lack of it explains a lot of human conduct.

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docgeddyApr. 5, 13 6:59 PM

Rochester had a bounty hunt recently. The news footage was rather striking. A large amorphous black pile and men in camo standing around and throwing dead crows in.

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harleypottsApr. 6, 1312:47 PM

The crow hunting season was going on the entire month of march. Know your facts before you start calling other ignorant.

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jd55604Apr. 6, 13 3:44 PM

USFWS 50 CFR 21.43 (Depredation order for blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles, crows and magpies) states that a Federal permit is not required to control these birds "when found committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance "

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