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These are some messed up people! This reminds me of when the Denmark zoo put down a healthy giraffe! They so very clearly DO NOT care about animals, if they did they would cordon off the area and restrict access of humans not kill the innocent walrus!
The whole management seems pretty passive. For a long time they appeared to have been betting on the animal leaving by herself, but now after a long period of dangerous bather-walrus encounters and much damage to smaller boats, they decide to put the animal down when the bathing and boating season is waning anyway. They didn't want to tranquilise and relocate her out of fear that she would escape and drown. In other words, they opted to succeed with a bad plan rather than risking to fail with a good plan.
Walruses are protected, but not endangered. Their habitat is near the ice edge in the arctic, but occasionally some individuals might wander far away where they will be of no use for the species as a whole. So relocation would be a win-win. The cost would certainly be less than all the damage to property done. So I think it was a poor decision, but it's not the end of the world.
Thanks Mid, I was hoping you would comment. I am wondering if there was a third option available, as a biologist who lives in the area said it's the people who should have been kept away from the Walrus. Could they have fenced or cordoned off the area to keep humans from interacting with the walrus? The idea of euthanizing the creature because they were concerned for her welfare seems like an odd thing to do.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/frey ... -rcna43073
"This is Norway in a nutshell," said Rune Aae, a biologist who had been tracking Freya’s journey
around northern Europe.
"Too often we kill the animals we don’t like or can’t cope with. It's an outrage in Norway how we are treating these kind of animals," said Aae, who is also a doctoral student in science didactics at the University of South-Eastern Norway.
Freya had not shown signs of stress, he said, but instead seemed curious about people. He criticized authorities for not blocking off the areas where the walrus spent the most time, or trying to move her, despite fears that she could drown if an attempt to tranquilize her failed.
Even a fatal attempt to move her would have been better than euthanasia, he said.
In other words, they opted to succeed with a bad plan rather than risking to fail with a good plan.
This certainly sums it all up rather well!