Trophy-hunting enthusiast appointed to head Fish and Wildlife Service

Nothing gives one an appreciation for the challenges facing endangered species like, uh, hunting and killing said species. With that verity in mind, the Bush administration has appointed Matthew Hogan as interim head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Director Steve Williams resigned earlier this month). Among his accomplishments, Hogan used to be the chief lobbyist for Safari Club International, a trophy-hunting group that holds competitions wherein its members roam five continents, shooting at a variety of exotic and sometimes endangered species. The generally wealthy members of SCI on occasion take shortcuts, shooting captive animals or animals that have drifted to the peripheries of national parks. No, we don’t make this stuff up.