“The legacy of change is education. People won’t exist with animals they fear.”
~ DR. LYNN ROGERS NABC/WRI FOUNDER
If you stop and think about it, there’s a lot of truth in that, a daunting, inescapable truth.
This bear reminds me of a story my dad used to tell me. When I was a young child he was away from home working on the DEW Line in Alaska. The men were living in a camp and one night a kodiak bear got into the camp and broke into the place where they had their food stored.
They killed the bear.
They didn’t want the bear in the camp.
I remember seeing pictures of my dad and the other men standing with the dead bear, a trophy photo.
Are There Other Options?
Now as an adult, I look back on this story and so many questions pop into my head. Of course, it was absolutely necessary for the men to be safe, but was it necessary to kill the bear in the process? What were their other options? Was the food stored in a secure way? Could it have been garbage not properly secured that lured the bear into the camp? Could dirty dishes have been left outside?
So many questions and I will never know the answer to them.
We need to educate themselves about the animals with whom we live in close proximity. I mean, if you think about it, we’re the ones encroaching on their territory.
What animal(s) do you fear? What can you do to learn to live in respectful, right relationship with them?
A good starting place is google. Google the animal and see what you learn. From there you can read up on the animal, contact a rescue or wildlife rehab station and ask questions.
We are in a both/and relationship with the animals, not an either/or relationship.
What’s been your experience with this? I’d love to hear, leave a comment.
We All Do Better When ALL Creatures Do Better
Here’s To New Beginnings,