Broken Fences, Half Measures Achieve Nothing: by Madeline Woodbury, in Snohomish, WA

I believe this is one of the pups born in the Spring of 2022

I’m very protective of the wildlife.  I risk placing myself in whatever way for them.  I came to the defense for a coyote because of yet another neighbor two evenings ago (8/18/22) fired a shotgun at a young coyote. 

A young coyote was in our backforty (it’s what I call it); this young thing was howling to beat the band, suddenly a shot.

I hollered, yelled and trampled, running in the woods to catch who just blew off a shot in which I am always walking my dog in the woods; he could have hit me or my dog; the coyote is protected here!

I got in to it with him!  He apologized, but apologies are too late!  I told him he was breaking the law; there is no firearm shooting where we live.  In any case, he shot but this coyote was on my property or my next door neighbor’s, nothing to do where he was.  Angry as a hornet I was.  But I have no faith in the County sheriffs.  They are a joke.  I didn’t call them.  But I warned him, there is no shooting here.  He said he wasn’t trying to shoot it but scare it.  I said understand this: it’s against the law to shoot a firearm in this vicinity – you might have shot one of the neighbors, my dog or me.  Stop.  I told him if he wants to scare one away, loudly bang on something or hoot, holler, come on!  The thing is with these new-ish neighbors they haven’t a clue how to keep their poultry, ducks, etc. safe.  He said it was near their animals.  I said: you’ve got to build a secure house for your animals.  At first they thought it was the owls taking their chickens or cat or turkey or … possibly, but the fact is their housings they keep them in are makeshift.

I said to him: we can go to the market and buy lamb, beef, chicken… This is wildlife’s home; it’s what they have.  Secure your animals.  If they are available and easily available… fix your housings.

Oh, I’m still mad because people for so long have gotten away with murder of wildlife.  At their whim.  People can come up with any excuse and their rationalization is taken.  The animal loses every time.  It’s inhumane because people are inhumane in how they treat animals.  I’ll stop here. [I won’t tell you I was dropping the mother bomb of language but I didn’t put this in, no need.]

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