(Mountain) lions and tigers (OK, bobcats) and bears, oh my!
If it seems like there are more wild animals “encroaching” on civilization, yeah, well… Ever since Neanderthals roamed the earth (I know, ‘cause I was there), we the people have had to share the land with allegedly less illuminated creatures. I suppose there was a time when we were the food, but that time has long since passed. As the road graders of progress roll out more and more previously wild terrain, we at the top of the food chain are left to deal with these “aggressors.”
OK, my measly pen can’t stop the inevitable development of what’s left of the “wild” West. But hey, how about a little peace, love and understanding? They were here first.
A bear knows nothing about suburban sprawl. A coyote can’t comprehend drought (but your pool looks mighty refreshing). Javelinas can’t tell the difference between a prickly pear cactus in the wild or one in your front yard. They’re just trying to survive and take care of their families, just like you and me.
It’s the little things.
Keeping pet food indoors. Making sure your garbage is secured in the bin. Understanding that most wild things don’t want any part of hanging out with you, and they’ll generally act accordingly. Being a responsible camper or hiker.
Understanding that your small pets look pretty much like rabbits to a coyote, bobcat, or large bird of prey. You can’t blame them. It’s just not smart to leave your cat or dog out unattended.
The best way to deal with a wild animal is to take every precaution so you don’t have to deal with a wild animal. That’s not always possible, so know what to do before you venture out to places where an encounter may happen. We’re supposed to be the civilized ones, remember?