Tuesday, October 16, 2012
October 16, 2012 What to do.....what to do?!
In the Duluth News Tribune today, again, I see some of the people are still at trying to get the wolf season stopped. People.....we have so many wolves in this state, a thinning out and education for them is badly needed. Just yesterday in the paper it mentioned about 2 men hunting with their German shorthaired pointers and all of a sudden one is running back toward his master yelping with a big wolf in pursuit. When he had a safe shot, which was by then very close, he shot it with bird shot.....dead. He promptly reported it to the game warden. City folks who "think" with their emotions instead of reality of this situation are just going to get the wolves in more trouble. If they aren't soon educated about what happens when they continue to come too close to humans and their pets, a lot more wolves are going to get killed.....and you aren't going to be hearing about the numbers because they won't be legally tagged. The hunting season is badly needed. The wolves need to back off and give people their space again. And, sorry folks....but, there really is enough space for all of us in Cook County, yet. They don't need to live in our yards. We should also be able to walk out our doors to garden, with our pets, to do whatever.....and not have to carry a gun.
And, yes....I do have things I am doing while in my what to do....mode. I processed a bunch of tomatoes and got them canned this a.m. It has been a while since I have had enough to do that. But, when it got really cold, I picked them all and now they are ripening pretty fast. I don't intend to let them spoil and I can't eat them raw that fast. In a couple of days, I should be able to do another batch.
On yet another subject.....I finally got to see the raccoons that are hanging out here Sunday night on the deck. I had figured, more than once, we also had some. They have been more and more numerous in the county these past few years. The suet feeder has been nicely opened and the suet cakes taken out, just enough times, without damage, that I guessed we had one or more. I had just sat down to read and heard a noise on the deck. I turned on the porchlight and there, on the deck railing in a big bird feeder was a young raccoon. In the heated bird bath a few feet away, also on the deck railing, was the other. He was quite happily playing in the warm water. I watched them for about 1/2 hour. At one point, the one in the bird bath got out, padded over to the window where I sat, stood up on its hind legs.....and looked at me. Cute! Did I say cute?! Well, they were. Once they make a complete nuisance of themselves, I probably won't say cute. But, it's back to hauling everything in at night again. They don't break as much stuff as bears, but they either eat it....or put too much weight on the deck hooks that hold the feeders and ruin them. They couldn't get into that hanging feeder on a bet.....but, it smelled good.....so it tried. Oh.....the things I do for the critters around here! :)