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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Yes Virginia, I am still here.

Posted Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 10:06 AM
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  • Welcome back, Steve! I was concerned about you. At our age, health is not guaranteed. So I worried you might be having issues. And I found it difficult when I realized that (at my age) no one was going to hire me again, when I still liked to work and felt like I was still productive. So, I worried that your silence meant you were going thru a trying period. People like you,so always remember that.

    Your blogs on here are welcome, even the ones you worry about, because they can become contentious. Compared to a lot of internet argument sites, I think our small group remains fairly civil. I don't know about the others, but being in business for myself means stifling my outspoken self. You provide a welcome outlet, when I have enough time to indulge.

    Now, about the cat question. Don't get me wrong. I like cats just fine. But indoor/outdoor cats are nothing but killing machines. With the luxury of a reliable food supply, they do not have to make a living like other wild animals. They can simply kill to satisfy their innate urge to kill. Indoor/outdoor cats have a *cat*astrophic effect on the small wildlife in their vicinity, indiscriminately killing anything they can catch. Part of me can't help feeling like the coyotes are just sort of balancing things out. If you keep them as pets, they should stay inside. If they are part of nature, then the laws of nature should apply to them as well as to their prey.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 12:38 PM
  • I have a friend who would reward the coyotes on behalf of the doves and quail and when one or two would fail to show up, I was not motivated for blood, but they are now seeing our cats as a Bonanza when they have plenty of other food out there.

    Just as you said, the laws of nature are there and I have joined that group. If I see them, they are going to be fair game for me as well.

    I've always left the wildlife alone, even the deer walking though the garden but the coyotes pass has expired.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 1:14 PM
  • My brother in New Mexico would be in agreement with you about getting rid of the coyotes! They killed 2 of his new born baby cows(fenced in his pasture) and he is not allowed to do a thing about it. He would end up in jail if he shot one of them. It is against the law in NM. They live in the middle of no where, on 15 acres. The nearest Wal Mart is a 2 hr drive! But the government tags the coyotes so it is a constant war. So sorry about your kitties and I too check each day to see what you have to say. Thinking best thoughts for you and yours! hp

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 2:43 PM
  • Thanks HPP.

    I'm surprised to hear that about NM. I might have expected that from CA but NM would seem to value livestock more. I understand if it was cats like me but cows?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 3:30 PM
  • Horsepoop; Your brother is either ill informed, or something has been lost in translation. Coyotes are unprotected "nongame" species in New Mexico. There is no limit,no season, and you need no license. You can hunt coyotes with firearms, bow and arrows, crossbows, traps, and snares. (Altho a non- New Mexico resident is required to have a license to use traps or snares.) You may transport the dead coyotes or their pelts. The only regulations over hunting coyotes are regulations that apply to how you hunt: You cannot use fully automatic weapons, tracer ammunition, or full metal jacket ammunition. You cannot hunt coyotes with lights at night, you cannot hunt them from a car, plane, helicopter, drone, or boat, and you cannot hunt anything inside a wildlife management area.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 6:14 PM
  • Now, I don't know the current rules in New Mexico, but there was a bill introduced this year to ban using poison on public land. Setting out poison is a bad idea anyway, as there are too many unintended victims.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 6:28 PM
  • I wonder if he lives in a wildlife area?

    That same person who would give the coyotes an award for killing cats also suggested soaking a chicken in poison and hanging it from a tree. No thanks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 1, 2017, at 7:13 PM
  • Steve, I'm betting you will feel better once you kill a coyote or two. Being a cat person myself, it is easy to understand their needs for outdoor activities even when primarily indoor cats. Whether you take out any of the coyotes or not, just remember there is a special place in Hell for anyone or anything that harms a precious kitty cat!

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Oct 2, 2017, at 3:17 PM
  • Thanks Fair Share. I know they are doing what they do but they have been picking on us far too much. I have not found evidence of them being around since the attack on Big Boy but they will be back.

    I thought I lost a favorite feral a few days ago but she was back the second night. (SJ for Sallie Jr.) She is a dark calico/oyster color and she lets me pets her. NOT pick her up, but as she rubs my legs at feeding time, she is always saying thanks.

    It is adding up to a huge weight on me right now. I really DON'T want to kill a coyote, I will feel bad about that as well, but I have tried everything I know except staying up all night and day watching, guarding. That along with some kitten illnesses is making me feel very helpless.

    As I write this we have a death watch on for a kitten that just a few days ago I would have predicted she would be another SJ. I went out Saturday afternoon to get something from the garage and found her just sitting on a rug with dull eyes.

    Picked her up,no struggle, brought her in and immediately start antibiotics which has saved so many but it did not help. She kept sliding and I kept forcing her to take liquids and nutrients.

    I was just prolonging her death. The vet cannot do anything and she has been in a stupor/coma for about 32 hours. I cannot force her to take anything and will not anyway.

    I am just trying to let her know we care by light petting, but why won't the Lord just help her ease out of this life? It is one of the mysteries I am going to get straight when my time comes.

    Why not the vet put her to sleep? I just cannot afford it with $135 vet bill from two cats in just the last two weeks. Nature will have to take its' course, but it is scrambling me as well.

    Every time something like this occurs it makes me flash back to my mother passing from cancer. We were all there as she took her last breath and in that case I believe she called the final shot, but the months leading up to that had to be excruciating for our brother who stayed with them to allow both parents to pass at home.

    Thanks folks for letting me release some of this. I am ready for these "tests" to end.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 2, 2017, at 4:03 PM
  • My prayers are with you, Steve. I would hate to kill a coyote, or any animal for that matter. But when it comes to protecting family (human, feline, canine, etc), you do whatever it takes. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    -- Posted by fair share on Mon, Oct 2, 2017, at 4:50 PM
  • The "little one" has passed. Inevitable and as you said, put on in front of the other. Out to feed and care for the others.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 2, 2017, at 6:03 PM
  • Steve; if I were you, i would lose no sleep over the killing of coyotes. Should you succeed in killing one, it will only be that much harder to kill another. Coyotes are exceedingly intelligent, and seem to flourish in the face of persecution. This is why people resort to putting out poison, which indiscriminately kills all sorts of animals, but very few coyotes.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Oct 3, 2017, at 12:59 AM
  • I look almost daily to see if you have blogged Brother Steve...heck, I was about ready myself to give you a call!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 3, 2017, at 10:33 AM
  • Thanks Chefgrape. I'm a tryin'. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 3, 2017, at 1:07 PM
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