People and companies in Idaho do a lot of logging and mining. That means we probably have more than our share of ecoterrorists. I always questioned the sanity of these people operating in the forests of Idaho. True, your chances of getting caught out in the woods a hundred miles from the nearest police station and dozens of miles from the nearest house are pretty slim. But that also means a vigilante has little chance of getting caught. Particularly since they have heavy earthmoving equipment on-site. This viewpoint was reinforced recently when I heard a rumor. Law enforcement had been spending thousands of man hours trying to catch someone. The ecoterrorist claims he wants to kill some cops–specifically naming a couple of them that had been assigned to his case. The ecoterrorist uses a rifle in some of his activities against the business interest. Hence the ecoterrorist has the means and intent to kill cops. The cops are not happy with this. If they find him and he shows even the slightest amount of aggression they will be justified in using deadly force against him. But he is living in the woods and it’s quite likely the ecoterrorist will see them coming and be able to get off the first shot or two before being seen–if he is seen at all. Most body armor won’t stop a rifle bullet. This far from the nearest hospital a solid hunting rifle hit to an arm or leg will probably result in death. And it would certainly cause permanent loss of function. The cops are not at all happy about this. The local law enforcement officer (LEO) is rumored to have had a conversation with the target of the ecoterrorist that went something like this:
LEO: If that guy disappears and there’s no evidence I have to investigate it wouldn’t bother me any.
TARGET: That’s what we figured. We already got the hole dug.
Note to ecoterrorists planning to operate in Idaho forests: Get your sanity checked.