I want to talk for a few minutes about wild animals. I have talked about this before but I feel the need to take another route on the subject. I want to talk about something that I see as a major problem. Our world; the modern world of humans, for all our advances and wonders is well not so great. We, by our very presence push species to extinction or we help spread ogranisms. There are animals who have benefited immensely from this feature of our society. Scavangers seem to be able to live with humans fairly well. Foxes, raccoons, coyotes, and skunks all have learned to live amongs humans. Of course there are other animals who live just as well with humans, but for the sake of this piece, we'll stick with these wonderful animals. So why do these scavangers do so well around people? Easy food, we throw out a lot of food. Humans are messy creatures. For scavangers, it's really easy to make a life on our streets. This closeness to humans poses a huge risk to humans. These animals have learned that our garbage cans mean food. It puts them in close contact with us. What are the risks to us as humans? It could mean disease, diseases that can spread to our beloved pets, and encounters that we just would rather not have. Animals who are feed or get use to people slowly lose their fear of humans. The problem is female mammals teach their offspring how to get food. The babies learn that we are a source of food. While, a raccoon may not kill us, other animals certainly could. A coyote for example could kill a person or seriously injury a person. Think I'm joking check the internet. It doesn't matter where you live now, coyotes are slowly spreading eastward. What once use to be an animal of the plains and other western lands, now can be found in Chicago and other cities to the east. We even have them in my part of the USA. Coyotes are not German Shepherds. They are a dog to be trusted. Problem with coyotes, they aren't just scavangers. They are predators. Predators who are take advantage of situations in order to get food. They are just as happy stealing some food as they are killing rats, squirrels, or other small animals. Their threat doesn't end with just the fact that they could maul a human. Like all dogs they can catch distemper and spread it amongst our pets. I am not trying to make the coyote out to be a villain. They certainly are not villians. They are simply trying to survive. Their survival certainly has taken a different turn though. Coyotes don't deserve to be eradicated from our environments. Just as the coyote has adapted to our world, we need to adapt to the coyote or learn ways to humanely control it's population. One of my nephews came across a coyote pup well out at one of our local parks. They heeded my warning and left it alone. Sadly, coyotes fit within the genus canis. While they can breed with our dogs, I can't say for certain that their offspring are fertile. But it does present a problem, these offspring are not pets. They are in fact wild animals like the coyote itself. Parents learn what a coyote looks like. Don't feed the coyotes, this behavior on our part only helps reinforce the fact, that humans mean food. Wildlife shouldn't lose their fear of humans. Wildlife that does becomes a threat to themselves as well as to humans. Just some food for thought. Again, this is not a post attacking coyotes or humans. It's merely a reminder that we are both the problem and the solution. Enjoy!