They trapped two bears nearby today—
tattooed and tagged and then released,
but trained to stay where they belong
by dogs and rubber bullets.
Watch out for snakes, and train your dogs;
avoid high grass—just back away.
The neighbor killed a long King snake
that snuck into his yard.
Build fences, or the deer will eat
your flowers, veggies and your trees.
As we expand into their hills
they have no food.
They said a hawk swooped in last year
and snatched a terrier puppy dog.
Coyotes prowl a block away
down by the river.
Surrounded by so many threats
we live in fear and danger,
but the true predators we know
invade their land.
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This is a big problem here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The incident about the bear is recent and is happening more frequently as developers snatch up their habitat. They try to teach the young bears to stay out of the city using aversion therapy. All of the references have happened, except my neighbor killing the snake.