Virginia doctor shoots hawk in backyard to save squirrel's life

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For a Virginia doctor, squirrels are a man's best friend, too. Thomas Shepler, a hand surgeon, shot a hawk to death in his backyard when he said the bird was eyeing a young squirrel that he and his wife had ...
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One ate hundred fish

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I am currently raising a young squirrel, and I got attched to him even though I aready have a wonderful pet.... A shotgun ??? Yeah, that'll do it, but there was probably another alternate meaasure to look up on the internet..... Tough call.... Good pets are worth a steep price !!
Thai Sticks

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Apr 10, 2009
 
the balloon looks a lot LIKE your mom.

it was so exciting i forgot the like.

is obama still president? he's so dreamy!

it's just a shame he hates the USA
Thai Sticks

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One ate hundred fish wrote:
I am currently raising a young squirrel, and I got attched to him even though I aready have a wonderful pet.... A shotgun ??? Yeah, that'll do it, but there was probably another alternate meaasure to look up on the internet..... Tough call.... Good pets are worth a steep price !!
Now here is a smart poster!!
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I can't believe they are charging him with animal cruelty. Would a person not kill another animal to spare the life of their pet. He raised this squirrel and while it was a wild animal, I am sure he considered it a pet. He was in a tough situation and reacted (whether justified or not) in sparing an animals' life- not causing it intentional cruelty. Dr. Sheplar, no need to feel embarrassed, your intention was to save a living creature that you raised since a very young age.

You do understand that a squirrel is basically a rat !!!! The Hawk on the other hand is an amazing creature with a long history . There is a hawk that nests by Sachem East High School and is a wonder to watch when it is in flight !!!
One ate hundred fish

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Now here is a smart poster!!
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Just another sad example of government intruding into the lives of private citizens where they have no damn business whatever.
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Apr 10, 2009
 
GUNS! Oh, for God's sake.
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Sep 30, 2009
 
Get it Right wrote:
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You do understand that a squirrel is basically a rat !!!! The Hawk on the other hand is an amazing creature with a long history . There is a hawk that nests by Sachem East High School and is a wonder to watch when it is in flight !!!
all creatures are equally "amazing". I see no difference here. I guess biased "wonder" is in the mind of the beholder. I think it is natural to want to protect something you have cared for. Having rescued a baby squirrel myself -- i have gained a new insight to the "amazingness" of these creatures as well. here's another vote for the doctor's instincts.
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Dec 24, 2010
 
Are you kidding me???? A bird of prey versus a rodent??? Is there even any doubt? If your pet is in danger from a wild animal that is YOUR fault. I suppose you people would shoot a snow leopard to protect your pet rat... Idiots. Bottom line is that nature happens all around us, and I you kill a rare species(such as a hawk) for defense of a squirrel (basically a cute furry RAT. It is like saying you would shoot a lion for killing your pet mouse. It's about judgement people.
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The issue really is that it is illegal to discharge a gun in the Town of Vienna.
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May 13, 2013
 
What a hero, saving his squirrel's life like that. If my pet was being attacked, I'd step in to help them, too. I just saw two hawks outside my house, ironically enough.
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Aug 31, 2013
 
I back the doctor 100% There are way too many hawks around. It's time for a bounty on 'em.

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