While he was patrolling around the state park late one autumn day, a Park Ranger discovered a hunter, who was sitting in the woods, chewing away on a dead Bald Eagle which he had cooked over a camp fire.
“Hey, you there!”, the Park Ranger called out. “The Bald Eagle is a protected species, and killing one is punishable offence”, he added.
The hunter was swiftly arrested, taken into the nearest town and brought up before the judge.
In court, the hunter pleaded innocent to the charges against him, claiming that if he hadn’t eaten the bald eagle, he would have died from starvation.
“I was so hungry,” the hunter complained, “the Bald Eagle was the only food I could find Your Honor”.
To everyone’s amazement, the judge ruled in his favor and he was released without a charge.
In the judge’s closing statement he said to the hunter, “I would like you to ask you something before I let you go. I have never eaten a bald eagle, nor ever plan on it. But I would like to know, what did it taste like?”
The hunter answered, “Well to tell you the truth Your Honor, it tasted like a cross between a Whooping Crane and a Spotted Owl.”
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