Thursday, July 21, 2011
Last week, I mentioned that I was wondering about what happened to Woodsy Owl. Since then, I have been looking high and low. I regret to inform you, however, my search has uncovered Woodsy's untimely and tragic end. While you will not find the following image on any U.S. government website today, a year or two you could have.
You might ask, "Who thought of this? Who gave the order to take out Woodsy?" The culprit left his fingerprints--or should I say claw prints--all over the scene of the crime. Who else would call for incineration but in doing so would also mandate the strict supervision of a Forest Service law enforcement officer?
Smokey!? As Woodsy found out the hard way, it turns out that Smokey signs like this are more of a threat than they are a warning--fire dangers are extreme indeed! Now that we see Smokey for what he is, I will admit that I have always thought it was a little fishy that he carried that shovel with him everywhere he went... What are you burying over there Smoky? We should have known. Smokey, you are one twisted Ursus Americanus. You act all civilized and caring in public, but it turns out that when you are out of the spotlight, you are just some kind of wild animal.
For a bird who made "give a hoot, don't pollute" his life calling, it is more than a little ironic that Woodsy's end was a plume of smoke that the Forest Service described as incineration.
-- Brigham Daniels