ABOUT RELOCATING WILD CREATURES
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.