Letters to the editor
Sep 17, 2013 / 2:28 pm
Dear Ms Preston,
Reading letters like yours make me cringe, another animal loving city slicker who is misinformed about WILDlife (note the wild part) sustainability and conservation. These animals who become habituated to humans are destined for a dismal ending that is usually the fault of well-meaning people who take pity on something when its best to let nature take its course. Survival of the fittest and all that, but nobody understands that concept, lets save everything.
From putting garbage out early, to tasty bird feeder snacks, to allowing these wild animals to come into your yard so you can video it and put it on you tube all adds up to stupidity at work.
That deer that was so fond of people had the potential to seriously harm someone. Have you ever seen a buck fighting? I am betting not. The mama bear and her cubs hanging around people’s homes with children nearby was a recipe for disaster. A petting zoo? Really?
Lets take this now semi-wild critter sedate and geld him then stick him in a fence so a bunch of people can come try to feed, pet and take pictures of him? That sounds like a great life. Re-location is not always the right thing to do. The conservation officers that help to maintain/sustain our wildlife have a difficult job to do, however they have the training and knowledge to make these decisions and it’s awfully presumptuous of you to think you know better.
If you want to learn about and enjoy wildlife I suggest taking your CORE course (Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education) then spend some time in the bush. Get back to nature, don’t allow it to become a side-show in the subdivision.
For some interesting reading if your inclined to expand your horizons have a look at the recent Capital News articles detailing hunting and outdoor recreation/conservation. Go explore your surrounding wilderness to get a real idea of what nature is supposed to be rather than viewing it from your living room window.
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