Speaking of anthropology, My life has been involved with the anthropological life of people along with nature for many years. Pushing people and those animals out while clearing land for other purposes, is just wrong, but when they encroach with our life, what should we do~? When they found a way to enter my home and did a lot of damage, then one of us had to give…. It is my fault for feeding a beautiful mother fox near the house, who has pups each season. I long ago stopped putting out feeders for deer as this would not show them that a feeder was a place to get killed. I would feed them when times were bad, and my neighbors would then kill them. They call this “harvesting”, You know kill the animal and then just eat the backstrap while hanging their head on your wall to show how great a hunter you are. I do still have feeders but only put maze in them for the turkeys and quail; the deer can not pick the maze up.

I am in a quandary this morning. Things have been bothering me that only can be resolved by a good talk over a glass of wine with a person who would understand my guilt feelings, and may give me tit for tat. These things sometime can not be put down in writing and often a person sounds like a kluts if they express their feelings without the background being understood. That Coon and Possum are only a small part of my thinking along with the writings of other, people which I am trying to come to grips with.

I consider my place a refuge for me, but also for all the animals, who really are the rightful citizens of this area. My little refuge or holdout for nature, in the madly overpopulation of our earth. However if I were not here, it also would not be here for long; it would either be a “wine place” for “sippy lous” to come in buses on a Saturday to “commune with nature” or a “Wedding Place” with fake amenities for couples to spend too much money toward a marriage which may go on the rocks within a short time, due to money problems, partly due to paying too much for that ‘fake” beautiful wedding. It is happening out here daily and the refuge is rapidly dyeing.

But there is a lot more to my guilt feelings, primarily from my life’s work where I lived among aborigines over all of the Americas, not to mention natives of Africa. Places where “civilized” man just did not go. I tried to count and came up with more than twenty “reservations” and locations where the land should have been exclusively the home and traditions of the native peoples and animals, at least one had never been “civilized” at all, (at the time). Many of these have now been pushed out or amalgamated by “civilization”. In the Americas this has been going on for hundreds of years and with each generation more is lost with only museums and zoos trying to show what they once were. Though I always tried not to encroach, I am guilty too of helping this “civilization” take over.

You would need to know Tami to understand her, she considered those “varmints” part of her everyday life and was not wanting to see them go. By the way each morning she walks out among the deer feeding and they do not fear her~! But in my eyes this was the best solution, all things considered. This is not the first time by far, but it always only takes place when push comes to shove. She would jump out of my ATV and run around to the back where the trap was, and then when I was on my way back home, she jumped down and wanted to run back to where we had left them. Would it not be great if more of us had the compassion of a dog~?

I have not covered here what is really bothering me, but this was a part of the provocations along with a couple of posts which I have read over the past few days. Unrelated, yet related~!

I have for a long time built and maintained Brown Head Cowbird Traps as well, but do not need this on my place. Please read about this elsewhere because it is too long for me to post here.


7 thoughts on “TAMI AND FRIENDS

  1. First — I absolutely agree with you about people developing the land for our own purposes without regard to those who came before us (people or animals). I currently live in a relatively new suburban area in South Orange County. When I first lived here, I could see open ranchland (a small family ranch) that is now a part of the city. I would often see deer as I left my home, and the possums and coyotes often came through our yards (I have a small yard, about 40 x 10 feet). There are canyons that have been left undeveloped, thanks to a strong environmental emphasis in the development planning. Now that the area is essentially built out, we frequently hear alarmed complaint about the coyotes that continue to roam the area at night. Besides a few bunnies that enjoy our cropped lawns, the coyotes are about all the animals that remain.

    I believe that we are meat-eating animals, and it does not bother me that people hunt deer and other animals, as long as their purpose is to kill for food. However, I have no respect for “trophy hunters.” I admire you for returning the raccoons and possums to their natural environment — away from the house is fine, but that approach is far more acceptable than killing the occasional animal that happens to find your home.

    It sounds to me that you were at least peripherally involved in the disruption of native lives, particularly in Africa. Your life work required that, and it also sounds as if you tried to do your work with minimal disruption to others. You should not feel guilty about that. Attitudes change with time, and I firmly believe that you cannot be guilty of the indiscretions of your predecessors. Examples of this may be found in the displacement of the “American Indian,” or the internment of Japanese during WWII — rhetorically, why are we paying their descendants when many of them are doing better in their current positions than many “white Americans.”?

    If you’d like to take this discussion off-line, my emaill is jcwaters@cox.net.

    I also have to let you know that I live less than 100 miles from the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Their conservation work with endangered animals is remarkable — they have brought back several species from the brink of extinction, and are currently working with stem cell research as a way to save the Northern White Rhinos with a total population of 2 elderly females. An amazing organization!

    Tami seems like an amazing creature — very protective of all she knows — people and animals! And a very cute little dog! Thanks for sharing the photos of her and of the other animals you’ve talked of.

    Stay safe!

    • I am actually sitting here working on a poem and story of places you would not believe today. This, that I am working on, was almost 60 years ago. It will be in two parts, one back then, and one epilogue of today. When I say “been there, done that”, it says more than what most people would know. Like for instance, a person told me lately that they were from Peace River Alberta, I replied “Oh I lived and worked there”. They were talking about a modern town and I was remembering not much more than a trading post and it took DAYS to get there.

      There are now super highways across the four corners area where we had a camp on the Navajo reservation, it took us most of the day to get, by dirt road, to get to our camp, now you can do it in a matter of minutes. So yes I have been there and done that but it is no long there as I knew it. In that area I worked with and among the Navajo, Ute, Paiute, and Hopi Indians. I could write a book just about that.

      The rich do not eat what they kill, they just kill~! Did you read this poem~ https://mcouvillion.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/conservation/

      More later, back to that story while it is still in my mind~!!!!


  2. Yes — I did see the conservation poem (also loved the list of tags for that poem!). The attitudes really reflect a horrible entitlement — the forests of the Amazon are mandatory for the canal, for international shipping, etc.~ ~ And, though polar bears live on ice, that’s only for the summer feeding season; their lives on land are very different, but equally important to their survival!

    Back to your poem!

  3. The live creek that passes through my place, “Dead Man’s Creek”, drops off into a grotto a little past my place and then on down a canyon into the Pedernalas River. There is a wildscape park along the river that is part of our association. So there are no houses down there as it is a flood zone. It is a perfect place to relocate an animal that has become a problem as these two had. Tami did not want me to move them. She thinks that all the animals on the place are just part of our family. She is a very gregarious and friendly dog to every living thing. I am very lucky to have her to fill my solitude.

    Lance Armstrong had a nice place across the canyon and near the hole from me, but had to sell it when he started having troubles. He wrote about it in his book. He was not a very good neighbor due to thinking a little too much about his self. Also Willy Nelson lives near here as well, and is a good neighbor, as are a few others you may have heard of.

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