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Jerks use wildlife as blowgun fodder

Bill Pirami photographed this duck with a stainless steel blowgun dart in its head. This was one of five ducks documented as being shot with blowgun darts in Billings' Riverfront Park. (Bill Pirami)
Bill Pirami photographed this duck with a stainless steel blowgun dart in its head. This was one of five ducks documented as being shot with blowgun darts in Billings' Riverfront Park. (Bill Pirami)

WILDLIFE — Last week I shared a photo of a wild turkey feeding and gettng along somehow in North Spokane, even though it had been skewered with an arrow by a less-than-worthy archer.

Today we get an even grimmer report from Billings, where wildlife photographers have documented at least five ducks at the Montana city’s Riverfront Park have been hit with arrow-like blowgun darts.

Blowgun makers say darts can be fired up to 400 feet per second from 6-foot blowguns, some equipped with laser sights.

Bill Pirami gave The Billings Gazette a photo showing a 6-inch, stainless-steel blowgun dart sticking through the duck’s head.

A Parks official says shooting isn’t allowed at the park, and that blowguns are not an authorized hunting weapon.




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