Teacher at Colorado Springs School
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?
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.
Artist and inventor
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.