July 22, 2017

Predators: You Built it Tarzan! You Climb it!

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Officials from the town of Cape Elizabeth in Maine have issued a warning to people who walk trails in the region because a couple of coyotes were spotted by a walker. Reading some of the comments left by readers underscores the ignorance of dealing with predators. It should also drive home the fact that social demands by ignorant Romance Biologists and Voodoo Scientists should not have sway over wildlife management. But, now that it has and does, they don’t know how to deal with it, they don’t understand any of it, and the best they can come up with is childish, snide comments that range anywhere from “beautiful animal” to “I’m not sure what the fuss is.” In addition, some readers scoff and ridicule the fact that, for whatever the reasons, police have to warn people to be vigilant of predators while walking in the woods (this term is used loosely). One reader wanted to know if the coyotes “behaved in an un-natural way” – as if they understand and could recognize what a coyote’s “natural” behavior would be.

With all of this brought to the forefront with media reports, the events of people regularly encountering coyotes, or any over protected large animal predator, are of their own creation and it appears those who demand protection of predators, such as coyotes, run scared when they encounter the results of their own actions and demand government do something about it. Perhaps a zoo would work better for these people.

I was asked just the other day if I thought people were as stupid as they are being treated. An example would be printing on the bottom of water bottles, “Open Other End.” Well, each of us will have to decide that for ourselves, but it did set off a period of story sharing of real life events that prove the stupidity. But, it is pointless to actually share those events because if you’re not that stupid, you already know of such events. If you are that stupid, my telling you that certainly will have no effect.

Therefore, enjoy your creation. Perhaps you can make friends with your neighborhood coyote; bring him food daily and love and cuddle the little “beautiful creature.” “He has every right to live where he wants to,” I read in another report this morning. And, not that it would matter to you, but watch out for the 50-some diseases, viruses and parasites them beautiful creatures carry and are more than willing to share.

There’s an expression that goes along with a physical display of one’s First Amendment right that says: You built it Tarzan. You climb it!

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