Environment: Foxes, Coyotes, Racoons, and Cats
RH: The Webster Family Encyclopedia says; Contrary to popular belief, the main food of coyotes is not domestic animals. Randy's testimony tells us that this is not just "a popular belief". It is this sentimental attitude toward wild animals which had led to the reintroduction of wolves into inhabited areas of the US and Europe over the objections of the local people. We should recognize that an important aspect of human development has been victory over its enemies, wild animals. Don't wax sentimental over the elephants which trample down the crops of poor peasants or the tigers which eat them. "Tiger, tiger shining bright..." is nonsense. I guess the poet had never met one. The tiger would have eaten him and his poem.
I asked: Have raccoons and coyotes somehow found their way to Europe? From the UK, George Sassoon says: I hope not! Regarding raccoons' popularity in the U.S., we have some friends near Chicago (now retired to Florida) who used to pay someone to cook for the raccoons when they were away!
RH: Unlike coyotes, raccoons and their families have a sentimental appeal, but we have a plague of them around here and we evict them forcibly.
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