Nature Takes Care of Its Own

This letter is in answer to two articles about local wildlife….

Dear Editor,

On July 27th the Daily Astorian reported that residents were split over whether they liked having deer around or not (“Bambi or Bother“). Some were concerned there were too many. But then on July 30th the paper ran another article, “Cougar Spotted in Astoria.” It seems that nature is taking care of its own.

All too often people are quick to see a population of wildlife as a “problem.” But as we’re seeing here, there’s nothing to worry about—just stay out of the way and let nature do its thing. After all, nature has been regulating itself far longer than all the self-appointed “game” managers put together. And the cougar is only there for the deer, she’s not interested in you or your pet (although it is always a good idea to keep your dog or cat indoors at night). 

If there’s any species whose population needs to be reined-in, it’s we humans. I would never suggest lethal measures for anyone, human or non-human, but there is such a thing as birth control, people. 

Jim Robertson


13 thoughts on “Nature Takes Care of Its Own

  1. With 7 billion people on the planet, I don’t know how long Mother Earth can stay afloat. I know this much, take lessons from this drought,because what is the future of our food supply.

  2. I cringe and get slightly nauseous when I hear or read people saying, in that hoity-toity way, “we’re nature’s caretakers or stewards,” as if egomaniacal humanoids have any business interfering in what goes on out there, as if the animals need us to oversee their lives and “take measures” when we see fit, and so on…it’s so stupid and egotistical that no one other than people could utter and believe such nonsense. Animals and nature are supremely adept at what they do. Maybe people are jealous of that so they have to seem themselves as overseers and rulers of it all. It’s one thing to truly help in dire situations but a whole other story when people strut their huge warped egos out there and start “managing” (usually tormenting or wiping out) nature’s animals. Ugh, I don’t know if I could be any more misanthropic. Animal people always save the day, thank you Jim and others in here!

    • Thank you for all you do for the animals and for these great comments. I especially like the line: “…no one other than people could utter and believe such nonsense.” The only way you could be more misanthropic is if you were me;)

    • Laura, I get what you’re trying to say, but I can think of a good way in which to interfere with wild animals, and that is through wildlife rehabilitation. As we encroach more and more on whatever wild spaces are left, and cause more and more injuries to wildlife, I believe it is up to us to interfere to help the animals we’re displacing and to which we’re causing harm.

      As an example, I’ll use one of the wildlife rehab centers I support. It’s called Northern Lights Willdife Society and it’s located in Smithers, BC. They rehab all kinds of animals, including orphaned bear cubs. Last year, an orphaned Spirit bear cub of the year was brought to them. He was scared, hungry and filthy. They nursed him back to health and he was released back to the wild last month. Given that Spirit bears are incredibly rare I’m very grateful for NLWS and the wonderful work they do.

      Here’s the link to their FB page if you care to check them out:

      The Spirit bear in their profile pic is the one I referred to above. His name’s Clover, and that pic was taken a few months after he arrived. The one in their cover pic is named Casper. They rehabbed him a few years back.

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