We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We had a plague of cottontails here in Connecticut, but it has abated. Gwynnie reports that as we took our walk tonight, the hoo-h-h-h-h-hoo h-h-h-hoo! of the Great Horned Owl was very near, and thinks there's a logical connection.We agree. There's more: Burt, a bull terrier who lives north of Redding, reported to his family (who we know) the presence of a couger in his back yard, and the state DEP confirmed it from the scat. Felis concolor, Mountain Lion, Puma, Catamount, the real thing.
Fred, a nice dog in Weston, was nearly taken part by a wolf - no, not a big coyote.
Gee, isn't this great! Audubon and the Friends of the Earth must be thrilled at the return of the balance of nature, compensating for Connecticut's massive deer herd - nearly ten times the maximum sustainable population. Just great.But -- but -- when the population of predators gets the deer in check, and their numbers diminish accordingly, what do the tree-huggers think the famished predators will have to start eating? Gwynnie thinks they will eat anything that isn't a danger to themselves: cats, dogs, kids, unarmed joggers, schoolbus queues, and the like.In California, the penalty for killing a lion is greater than that for killing a man. Granolafornia will learn, someday, that this might not have been wise."They were here first" is most often heard -- listen for it. Wonder. "They" are probably (individually) 3-6 years old; "they" haven't been here for 200 years. If you are a real "They were here first" liberal, please -- remove your house from the desecrated earth beneath it, and go back to the Old Country where your ancestors lived the last 20,000 years. "They (the beasts) were there first" too, but maybe it was longer than you can relate to. (Save the sabre-toothed tiger)!
With your house recycled into mulch, I can get a better field of fire at the larger predators lurking in the bush.
Note from Editor: They were here first - not that that matters. So were dinos. But I hear these beautiful, majestic animals prefer vegetarians and liberals for meals. It's a wierd thing, but the wild animals like to eat those who surrender easily to danger. There is less effort involved. I guess it's a Darwinian thing. And I do not believe that there are pumas in the Northeast. Bobcat scat, I suspect. Or am I in denial?
I'm kind of fond of the bunnies myself--can enjoy them because my golden and my ferocious cat keep my vegetable garden safe from their munching.
The good thing about the return of the giant and dangerous predators is that it will eventually force the mushmallows to realize that nature is red in tooth and claw, and that checks and balances are always messy but necessary. Do you really think that the big cats will have it all their own way? People might be penalized for shooting them, even in defence of their family (go figure--since when was an animal more valuable than a human?) but I suspect cars, pesticides, noise, etc. will still keep their numbers low once the initial feast on stupid deer is over. Maybe, just maybe, certain soft in the head people might be persuaded to take down the No Hunting signs from their property lines when they realize they'd rather have a neighbor in a checked shirt than one with a set of slathering jaws and claws.
Hell, I'm inconsistent--too many years of rapt watching of Nature with those soporific "The great predator inches his way thru the long grass, almost upon his hapless prey..."
Nobody in my back yard but rabid raccoons, hundreds of squirrels eating all the fruit from my trees, and those useless pets who hunt nothing bigger than shrew.
They're throwing up Mcmansions as fast as they can where I live. The yuppies who are snapping them up think the deer are such beautiful creatures, until they eat a couple of grand worth of shrubbery.
I've got coyotes, fox, owls and bobcats around as well as a bear or two. Not too sure about that mountain lion story.
Foxes and coyotes walk without fear right by us bipeds down here on Cape Cod. Last year the big news was the fisher cat, which was reputed to be a predator on household pets. Haven't heard much about him this year. Oh there was one other unusual predator around last year, that would be the great white shark which was hanging out by Woods Hole and she caused a great deal of interest when she just refused any encouragement to leave the area, finally after much todo she wandered off... thank goodness no one was eaten