Bush justice.

Man convicted in eagle deaths grateful for pardon. By Jim Salter. AP

The story implies his conviction was only for poisoning the eagle. The now pardoned man also set out illegal poisons to kill coyotes. He killed more than coyotes and the eagle. The article doesn’t relate the full toll, and it’s luckly nobody’s child or dog got poisoned.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

10 Responses to Bush pardons man who set out illegal poison and killed an eagle

  1. Mike says:


  2. Salle says:

    Like, who’s surprised by this stuff anymore?

  3. Nathan says:

    Its absolutely disgusting that we have right now a Idaho solider who served his country on death row for following orders from his commander in the killing of an iraqi citizen and this guy gets a pardon so he can have his precious boom sticks back and go hunting again.

  4. Jon Way says:

    The article makes it seem like it was OK to poison the coyotes and other wildlife and he only committed a crime when he poisoned the eagles. Many people will (and reporters) will always think backwards…

  5. steve c says:

    He is definitely cementing his legacy. Wait until the corporate pardons start.

  6. kt says:

    … death and destruction of all manner of life.

    That is the hallmark of the Bush and Cheney administration. I wonder how much in federal farm subsidies that pardoned poisoner fellow may be getting?

    Makes you wonder what all goes on at that “ranch” in Crawford, too …

  7. Salle says:

    Well, KT,

    I do recall that one of Bush’s first photo ops o the ranch included an overt display of his willingness to brandish a chainsaw to impart his lack of respect for the trees and other vegetation…

    Then his lack of respect for human life and the rule of law by way of the wars he started. Not to mention accepting Cheney’s decision to appoint himself as the VP candidate after he was appointed to FIND AND VET others for the position…

    Need I go on? It is obvious that they never had any concern for anyone or anything other than satisfying their greed through personal enrichment at taxpayer expense.

    Kempthorne fits neatly into that small group of thugs and theives…

  8. timz says:

    “Kempthorne fits neatly into that small group of thugs and theives”

    Except that pretty boy would never get his hands dirty using a chainsaw.

  9. Alan Gregory says:

    This administration is pathetic beyond belief. I cannot believe that Bush was actually my commander-in-chief during the last four years of my Air Force career.

  10. frank says:

    “this guy gets a pardon so he can have his precious boom sticks back and go hunting again.”

    I agree wholeheartedly. It is awful.


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