Predators–Writer’s Fourth Wednesday–Wilderness



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,
have invaded their land.

I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Little by little developments have expanded so that frequently wildlife comes down into our neighborhoods looking for food…especially now, during the drought. These are true scenarios.

Posted for The Bardo Group’s Writer’s Fourth Wednesday as a prelude into our celebration of Wilderness Week. We would love to have you join us!

By the way, this morning when I was golfing a large coyote sauntered across the course!

9 thoughts on “Predators–Writer’s Fourth Wednesday–Wilderness

  1. rmp says:

    hmm…I think you captured the truth quite perfectly. I wonder if the true predators will ever stop or if the only place we’ll find wildlife will be in zoos, gardens, and museums.


  2. ManicDdaily says:

    wonderful view–too crowded for them. k.


  3. claudia says:

    so true… in romania they have that problem with bears – they expanded the cities and robbed them off their land…


  4. Bodhirose says:

    These scenario are being played out all over the world. We only have ourselves to look at for the changes that are happening. What a cycle we’ve created. But I’m still encouraged that things can and will get better.


  5. Jamie Dedes says:

    An honest look at the reality. A good poem for the topic this week, Victoria. Perfect! 🙂


  6. My mother-in-law lives at the foothills of Sierra Madre . . . she gets coyotes and bobcats a lot.


  7. brian miller says:

    true…. much like we did the indians…we have encroached on their land…and we are surprised when they dont like it…go figure…smiles.


  8. Pamela says:

    This is so true, Victoria. We complain and it is our own fault for these happenings. Well said and written.

    Pamela ox


  9. scillagrace says:

    Size-wise, we must be considered invasive megafauna, I would think. Thanks for changing the perspective!


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