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The killing fields 

The killing fields Colorado Springs landed in the national spotlight yet again last week when five buffaloes (or bison) escaped a meatpacking holding pen on the West Side and made a short-lived bid for freedom. The fugitive beasts were eventually corralled in a yard on the 1500 block of West Colorado Avenue, where our city's finest proceeded to pump at least 120 rounds of semi-automatic fire into the beasts in a gruesome, 45-minute scene of slow death and gore. Nearby houses and cars were left bullet-riddled, and city manager Lorne Kramer ordered an investigation (for more see As the Village Turns on page 18).
click to enlarge Aubrey Fennewald -  - Teacher at Colorado Springs School -  - West Side -  - What's your read of last week's buffalo incident? It - seemed a somewhat extreme reaction. My instincts are - that shooting them was unnecessary, especially in a - residential area with unsuspecting cars and potential - pedestrians.  Did the buffalo have it coming?  - Nothing, - human or animal, wants to die. Wouldn't you try to - escape in that situation if you could? What will be - the - outcome of the investigation? At most, there'll be a - slap - on the wrist and maybe a scolding.  What's more - embarrassing to Colorado Springs: the buffalo massacre - or that it put us in the national news yet again? - People all - over the country must be shaking their heads and tsking - their tongues and wondering, What's the deal with - Colorado Springs?
  • Aubrey Fennewald

    Teacher at Colorado Springs School

    West Side

    What's your read of last week's buffalo incident? It seemed a somewhat extreme reaction. My instincts are that shooting them was unnecessary, especially in a residential area with unsuspecting cars and potential pedestrians. Did the buffalo have it coming? Nothing, human or animal, wants to die. Wouldn't you try to escape in that situation if you could? What will be the outcome of the investigation? At most, there'll be a slap on the wrist and maybe a scolding. What's more embarrassing to Colorado Springs: the buffalo massacre or that it put us in the national news yet again? People all over the country must be shaking their heads and tsking their tongues and wondering, What's the deal with Colorado Springs?

click to enlarge Kevin Dweitemier -  - CC student -  - Near North End -  - What's your thoughts on last week's buffalo incident? -  I - know nothing about killing buffalo, but the measures - used seem kind of extreme. Maybe it could have been - done a little more humanely.  What could the police - have - done differently? Get some animal control people in - who - know how to take down large animals, and let them do - it.  Is this incident a positive thing for the growing - national reputation of Colorado Springs? I must be - grossly uninformed, because I didn't even hear about the - incident. It sure seems silly to me, though.
  • Kevin Dweitemier

    CC student

    Near North End

    What's your thoughts on last week's buffalo incident? I know nothing about killing buffalo, but the measures used seem kind of extreme. Maybe it could have been done a little more humanely. What could the police have done differently? Get some animal control people in who know how to take down large animals, and let them do it. Is this incident a positive thing for the growing national reputation of Colorado Springs? I must be grossly uninformed, because I didn't even hear about the incident. It sure seems silly to me, though.

click to enlarge Robert LeDonne -  - Artist and inventor -  - West Side -  - Give your interpretation of last week's great buffalo - hunt. - They were going to be offed anyway, but they gained a - moment of freedom and 15 minutes of fame. It's kind of - a tragedy how it was finally handled. For me, my spirit - was running with the buffalo.  Did the police - overreact?  - There were wild animals running loose, but were they - out of control? I don't know.  Which is more - embarrassing: the incident or the fact that it put us in - the national news again? Surely we could have - handled it - in a more intelligent, humane way. We have the Air Force - Academy, Fort Carson and NORAD nearby, with soldiers - who are trained to use weapons. That mentality was - probably a factor in how the situation was handled. We - were probably more out of control than the buffalo.
  • Robert LeDonne

    Artist and inventor

    West Side

    Give your interpretation of last week's great buffalo hunt. They were going to be offed anyway, but they gained a moment of freedom and 15 minutes of fame. It's kind of a tragedy how it was finally handled. For me, my spirit was running with the buffalo. Did the police overreact? There were wild animals running loose, but were they out of control? I don't know. Which is more embarrassing: the incident or the fact that it put us in the national news again? Surely we could have handled it in a more intelligent, humane way. We have the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and NORAD nearby, with soldiers who are trained to use weapons. That mentality was probably a factor in how the situation was handled. We were probably more out of control than the buffalo.

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