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.
Been a year for snakes here in Texas. Found a coral snake on the back porch last June: Off with its head. Walking the dogs last month in the back yard, they went right past a copperhead basking on some bark mulch around a pecan tree. I damn near walked right past it myself, but the pattern caught my eye. Off with its head. The next week, my wife went out early in the morning and when I ventured out into the garage, there was another coral snake, it had been basking in the morning sun up against the garage door when she opened it. It received some 6-ply therapy as she drove out. Gloves, long pants and leather boots is the garden routine around here.
Snakes in the grass... Yeah, I generally live and let live, but Dogs Trump Snakes. Every. Time. My Red Heeler has been popped twice by venomous snakes, a couple of years apart - copperheads. He got pretty badly sick, but not before he tore those two snakes to pieces... Enough left to find so we knew what it was.
Now he actively hunts those nasty varmints so I have to hunt them every Spring before he gets a chance to go on a raid. He can kill them before they strike (Heelers are VERY quick). But I don't want to take chances. So I agree with Aggie!
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!
(We get corals too, but while quite venomous, they are extremely shy and are gone before I can find that shovel!)
Another 'nature' thing: All those invaders from Kalafornia think it is just so 'beautiful and natural' when a Bobcat strolls through their neighborhood. Sigh... This just happened in a flurry of Virtue Signalling posts on Nextdoor: "Oh, they are GORGEOUS!". "You are so LUCKY to have one in your neighborhood!!", "We have invaded their territory, so what do we expect?!!!".
Stupid fools. Now there has also been a flurry of "Fluffy is missing!!, if anyone has seen our beloved kitty!!". Oh yeah. I have seen Kitty fur in Bobcat poop (Coyote poop, wildcat poop... )
APEX PREDATORS DO NOT BELONG IN NEIGHBORHOODS.
They also don't belong on our land - those pesky neighborhoods that have sprung up all around our place has us about to put it on the market as one can only stand so much Virtue!
I get them on my backyard Game Cam from time to time. Bobcats are extraordinarily bold predators - they'll hide in the shrubs next to the house to stalk (this happened to my Mom, up near Dallas). They come through this country neighborhood when they bear their kits in mid-summer, and clean out the un-savvy cats, home chicken coops, and even the occasional small yard dog if the owners don't take care.