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On misguided, so-called animal lovers

Ross Talbott

It seems that almost every writer spends endless paragraphs reporting and speculating on political happenings.

It seems that neither the politicians nor the courts can deal with anything quickly and move on.

Remember the Shakespeare line, “The evil that men do lives after them but the good is often interred with their bones.”

Our Constitution says that we are entitled to a speedy trial by a jury of our peers.

How many years have we put up with the Fort Hood shooter or the Aurora theater massacre?

So I’m going to break that pattern, write about something completely different and offend a lot of people.

Why do the so-called animal lovers promote the introduction of predators?

We used to have bounties on coyotes, lions and other predators, but now people want to have them back.

I remember when we had 300-plus deer come into the fields at night.

Now it’s three-plus deer.

It used to be that most of the bear in this area were killed by sheepherders with a .22 rifle.

The bear would attack the sheep and the guard dogs would tree them.

Then the herder would pop them in the head with his .22.

Now we have so many bears that the taxidermists are overwhelmed during hunting season.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more bear were killed than deer this hunting season.

Predatory animals not only kill for food but for fun.

A bear got into my chicken house and left 63 dead chickens.

That doesn’t count what he ate.

An adult mountain lion will kill a deer or other large game animal about once a week.

That’s about 50 deer a year per lion.

That doesn’t count all the rabbits, squirrels and other little mammals they kill, also.

This time of year the coyotes can run on the crusted snow while the deer break through, making it easy for the coyotes.

Would you rather be shot or run down by a pack of wolves or coyotes and have your guts ripped out while you are screaming in agony?

I’ve seen it happen and I shot the deer to put it out of its misery. The dang coyotes got away.

Coyotes and lions also take a great toll on the summer fawn crop.

Consider also that I haven’t even mentioned bobcats, foxes, mink and other predators.

Now here’s where I really get into trouble.

Did you know that the common house cat is the No. 1 predator in the United States?

There are actually three classifications for cats.

The first is the common or domestic house cat. This is the cat that is kept mostly in the house and fed by the owner.

The next classification is the cat that lives in the barn or garage and is expected to control mice.

These cats get minimal affection from their owners.

The third classification is the feral cat.

These cats live in the alley or the wild and totally feed themselves.

The great majority these are cats that have been dumped out by people who move away or otherwise can’t handle them.

A few years ago a study determined that domestic house cats in the U.S. numbered upwards of 60 million.

Add to that another 60 million plus feral cats and you have a real predator problem.

The average number of kittens produced by a female cat is about 15 per year.

An astute scientist in Australia, 142 years ago, stated that cats were “an unmitigated curse and a terrible scourge.”

Since then, cats have made several species of birds and animals on the nearby islands extinct.

A five-year study of Wisconsin’s 2 million cats showed that they might be killing as many as 219 million birds per year in parts of rural Wisconsin.

That’s a kill greater than all other midsized predators such as fox, coons, mink, weasels and possums combined.

A single cat was monitored and killed 1,690 animals and birds in 18 months.

In Great Britain they estimated cats kill 75 million birds and 135 million other animals per year.

Efforts such as belling or TNR (trap, neuter and release) have been shown not to work.

When the so-called PETA members start caring for the birds, rabbits, squirrels and fawns, I will believe them to be credible.

I hope I put you on a guilt trip.

“Out On A Limb” appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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