There is killing happening in the hills of Tracy.
In my opinion, the hunting of Tule elk is nothing more than legalized poaching. A recent article in the Stockton Record referred to the Tule elk as a Mark Connolly’s elk. Does he own them? These are God’s creatures, not his to do whatever he chooses.
The article also stated he “maintains” the elk with “his agreement” with the state. Is it Connolly who set the bounty of $10,500 dollars per elk? To what kind of “agreement” are we referring? Is the good old boy network still in effect? Was it a backdoor agreement?
That’s all this kill is, just a big game — who benefits from the big-game hunting? Connolly also stated that the elk “don’t like people contact very much.” These big game hunters wouldn’t like people contact if they were getting shot at with a high-powered rifle. Do we have a new group? The new TRAQKE? The Tracy Region Alliance for Quality Killing of Elk? What’s next, agreements to put up bounty and hunt the kit fox?