Hat tip to John Walkenbach at the J-Walk Blog, who picked this up and shared it in the Blogosphere.
Meet Mary Rakotz of Avon, Minnesota, who we would like to nominate as the Clueless Loser, So Far, Of The Year.
As reported by WCCO, a local CBS affiliate in Minnesota, Rakotz killed a rare albino deer last Saturday on Opening Day of deer hunting season in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota:
She said it was thrilling to see the rare animal, but 100 times more exciting to be able to actually take it home.
“I had heard that it might be in the area, so I thought that here was my chance of a lifetime. So I had to creep a little bit, probably about 40 yards, to get a good place where I could steady myself a little bit. But then I did that and shot and it went right down,” said Rakotz.
Rakotz said she isn’t sure if she has room to mount the buck, so she’s contacted Cabella’s to see if they’re interested in buying it.
She also said her family and friends are pretty excited for her, and maybe even a little jealous.
Is this what our country has come to? Is this an example of the values we teach our children, that seeing a rare, albino deer in the wild in itself is not the chance of a lifetime, but the opportunity to kill that rare animal for sport is the chance of a lifetime?
Here is a shot of the deer, after it was shot by Rakotz, if you have never seen an albino deer, this is what one looks like, in death, with a bullet hole in its neck.
If there were ever a case for PETA to get involved in something, this gratuitous slaying of a rare animal, simply for bragging rights seems like it would qualify, in spades.
The fact that this event was conveyed as a human interest story by WCCO says a lot about the judgement of that media outlet, regardless if their market may be comprised of rural folk who value hunting and fishing, and the virtues of fresh air, self-reliance and independence, this was just an example of mankind at its selfish worst. WCCO did a disservice to the viewing public presenting this story as some sort of triumph by a misguided huntress.