Thursday, March 27, 2008

File this under "neighbors are shocked"

Coyotes walk on the wild side (and they always will) Usually I write about how people who live in "nice" neighborhoods are shocked to discover that crime has invaded their idyllic little communities. They thought they lived in Andy and Barnie's Mayberry, but they really live in the real world.

This story is similar. It is about how people who move to suburban areas are shocked to discover how wild animals are different from their pets. In fact they often see their pets as food.

The "shocked neighbor" in this story was surprised that a coyote could jump a five foot fence.
Live long enough in the country and you're going to lose a cat or three to owls and coyotes, maybe even a rattlesnake or a neighbor with a .22 standing guard over a bird feeder.

We have gray foxes out here (I saw one just last week, right by the house) and I'm sure even they could gang up on a cat and kill it.

That's life. Unpleasant as it is, it's just life.

But it's real life. And despite all our suburban dreams of some kind of neo-pastoral bliss shared among all God's creatures — coyotes, bobcats, foxes, diamondbacks and black widows don't think that way.
It gets better from here.

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