There’s an astonishing error in the Washington Post’s front page story on the National Park Service’s program to shoot deer in Rock Creek Park and the wackos protesting it. In the fifth paragraph, right there on the front page, it reads, “With 70 deer per square acre, the park has about four times the density considered ideal.” Error one: an acre is a square measurement. It’s redundant and ignorant to say “square acre.” Error two: anyone who has any idea of how big an acre is would know that “70 deer per square acre” is pretty much impossible.
Those dimwits put the yellow blind spider on the endangered species list and held up the widening of HWY 195 for 10 years.
For a time, Fort Hood command flirted with prohibiting soldiers from ... curves east of the small town just south of the Bell-Williamson county line.
When asked to name the two insects/salamanders the Federalists had put on the Endangered Species List they drew a blank and had to be told by the County Commissioner. Shame on these jerks who live off of our dollar.
It is a good thing we haven´t gone metric. Imagine the consternation at the WaPo if they had to report the number of deer per hectare! By the way, knowledge of acre and hectare was part of my HS teaching when I taught HS math. Just part of general knowledge of weights and measures. My students also had to know rough equivalents (like an acre is about the area of play of a football field, including the end zones). It is really too bad that DC cannot do as Iowa does. Iowa grants permits to bow-hunters to kill four deer each, provided that three of them go to food banks or homeless shelters!
#9, there is nothing useless about that knowledge if you ever buy any acreage, need to negotiate for an easement,develop unimproved property into residential or commercial lots, have to meet minimum lot requirements for a build site. There are lots of places you should know the dimensions and square footage of an acre. Even the old land grants, at least here in Texas, were calculated in quarter-acre pieces.
Lighten up folks. #9 is correct about these figures being ´useless´ trivia for about 85-90% of us. It´s like being in school and wondering why you are being forced to learn something that you are never going to use in you entire life.
We understand that some professions need to know this stuff. But most of us don´t. It is like expecting my husband to know all about cooking or quilting. It is just something that is useless filler for him. He appreciates the fact that I know about them.
Not to defend the WaPo, but, listening to the radio yesterday (ABC), they interviewed a Park Service person who said 70 deer per square acre. I was astounded, figured they were standing on top of each other, but, the WaPo´s info came straight from the horse´s mouth.
see...this is the reason we hicks who live in the sticks need AR-15´s with high capacity magazines. Keeping deer out of the fields with a tractor and hay baler is just not practical because they keep clogging up the baler.
Sloppy reporting is standard with them. I want to puke when they get technical on the details about guns. They still don´t know the difference between a magazine and a clip. How are they going to learn about deer? There is no cure for stupid, is there?
#9, add my voice to those who say that knowledge is never useless.
Knowing what an acre is comes in real handy, even if you´re not a farmer or a builder, whether you´re buying a house on a quarter-acre lot, or making vacation plans to visit that nice resort on 100 acres.
I seem to remember the sisters making me also learn about bushels and pecks!
The point seems to be the depth of ignorance of many reporters, and the lack of editorial oversight. Read any article to do with guns written by these metrosexual drones, and this becomes even more apparent.
#17 the fact that you are ignorant about land measurements does not mean you are not affected by such measures.
The average resident of a large metropolitan area may not understand about acres, or section, township, and range in legal descriptions, but you may be surprised as to the importance of such. Surely you learned these facts in school.
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