Montana cock pheasant that followed daily mail truck will be

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Mail-groupie pheasant dies in window crash.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A cock pheasant that made a habit of escorting Missoula mail carrier Carolyn Jones on her daily route is becoming an educational tool - posthumously.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is having him stuffed for display.

The gaudy bird that Jones called "Red" died this week when he crashed into a house window along her route in Pattee Canyon, on the southeast edge of town.

"He must have seen a reflection in a window," Jones said.

Red began following Jones in her U.S. Postal Service truck on her daily routine last fall. He would scamper across an open snowy field, alerting residents that Jones was about to drive around the corner. When Jones delivered packages to people's doorsteps, Red often pranced alongside her and occasionally squawked.

The pheasant was able to avoid the heavy traffic and the occasional appearance of bear and cougar signs in the area.

Red accompanied Jones as usual as she made her rounds Wednesday. She last saw him when she turned a corner onto a street where Red wouldn't follow.

"I saw him on the lawn staring away," she said. "A guy came out to get his mail and saw him hit the window. I guess he broke his neck."

Jones found out about Red's fate from a note left by the owner of the house where he died.
 

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If i was the mailman that pheasat would have died long befoe this
 

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To me this is a great example of pets, or domestic, versus "game."  I've always had resident dove return year after year to my yard in Long Beach, and now in Fresno.  During dove season, if legal, I would never shoot these birds.  Yet I have no problem shooting doves in season that "I don't know."  This is a personal dynamic that non-hunters and anti-hunters don't understand.  But it is not much different from when I was a kid and we raised chickens and turkeys for food -- as kids, we never wanted dad to kill our chickens, or the thanksgiving turkey -- they were pets to us.  But when we go to the grocery store, we are doing the same thing.  And if you've kept up with the recent news on cruelty in cattle slaughterhouses (skinning live and alert cattle), a well placed shot from a rifle that puts an animal into oblivion in a matter of 30-90 seconds is a pleasant death compared to what they would normally experience in the wild (eaten while still alive).
 

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