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Comment Archives: stories: Outside

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

Mr. Anderson, speaking only for the 'Ranchers' that you mention in your article, what Ranchers did you interview and which Ranches did you visit and research for this article? No, coyotes are not our 'Nemesis', yes the coyotes kill and dine on NEWBORN CALVES, not livestock in general. (and no we are not alarmed) You suggest since the 30's and 40's long term ecological damages would result. Would you be specific please? No, we do not have an 'urge to kill' with expensive weapons.(and please be specific about these 'expensive' weapons you have implied we use) Ranchers are NOT 'senseless killers of everything' and no, 'tiny sagebrush and meadow voles cannot put 'cowmen' out of business. I have never heard of you and neither have many other ranchers here in Harney County. Your article is an example of the trash that passes for 'journalism' today and I am disappointed you felt the need to include your fabrications about Ranchers in your story.
Debbie Bentz
Bentz Angus

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Posted by Debbie Bentz on 01/30/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

What's the matter with you??? These are nothing but RATS, some of the nastiest disease carrying creatures on earth!!! You shouldn't live trap them and then move them because you only make them someone elses problem - take responsibility for your actions and kill them right away. When rats showed up in my yard I shot them with an air rifle and it was very effective - they didn't come back and I didn't push them off on other people to deal with. I also didn't waste any gas driving the rats across town to release them as you do - you're very irresponsible. Know why lepers from centuries ago used to lose their fingers and end up with deformed faces? Because the rats would gnaw on the sick people when they were asleep as the disease desensitized the nerves and they wouldn't wake up to stop the rats. Rats are cold blooded killers with no conscience and you are treating them like a stray dog - please stop with this nonsense and exterminate the rats and quit being so immature. All of nature is based on animals killing other animals and people shouldn't feel guilty for being part of this process.

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Posted by CaneFu on 08/28/2011 at 3:51 AM

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

Please visit coyotes and wild predators need protection and go to the album pages to see some very clear examples of what the writer is describing; killing for fun. It is disturbing and ecologically damaging.

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Posted by Louise Kane on 01/31/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Um..Im pretty sure the packrats and any other "unwanted" creature was here first. The earth is theirs not ours. We are the godzillas that destroy habitats, poison the air, water and land. Humans are supposed to put their brains to use, either leave nature alone or help it survive whether its on your property or not.
Compared to human waste and destruction, rats of all kinds deserve more respect. They have close knit families- no dead beat dads I bet and they dont go around killing each other unless they are starving. Which I totally get.
With all the intelligent compassionate humans out there why don't we come up with a co-existing solution? Why is it when a human hates or fears a creature they immediately kill or torture it to death? Barbarism should have gone out with the stone age..but I guess its here to stay..
My opinion of course and I sleep well because I accept that I am just here to visit and do good not kill.

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Posted by Veronica Nakulski on 05/23/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

YOU ARE KIDDING ME!! These RODENTS do thousands of dollars of damage to people's cars a year---and you MOVE THEM?????!!! You have them trapped and instead of KILLING them--you take them somewhere so they can BE SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM???!!! Please, send me your address---I'll trap the one that has done $1300. damage to my Cabrio---and I bring him to YOU!

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Posted by Sunny on 04/26/2010 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Rats are more intelligent than humans...they do not breed unless they know they can provide...humans have not even figured that out!

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Posted by Jacqueline Robbo on 07/30/2014 at 4:07 AM

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

Great article and kudos to Mr. Anderson.

I fail to understand why an above commenter is tripping over herself in an effort to protect ranchers. Perhaps she misinterpreted and should re-read the article, since the emphasis seems to be on "sport shooters":

"Over the past 100 years, stories of coyotes being the worst nemesis of ranchers and farmers have been so blown out of proportion that the moment shooters need a bigger target than ground squirrels, they pick the coyote, all in the name of livestock protection and sport."

Ask any coyote hunter why he/she is so quick to run to these "slaughter festivals" and you will hear one of two commonly used excuses for coyote killing: They kill livestock so we're helping the ranchers" or "They're killing our deer"(antelope, or any other species du jour).

If Ms. Bentz has a bone to pick with anyone and speaks "only for ranchers", I'd strongly suggest she get the word out to a particular breed of "sport hunter" to immediately cease and desist using ranchers and livestock as their perpetual excuse to kill coyotes en masse. Sport hunters are inaccurately and publicly portraying ALL ranchers as being the catalysts of their carnage, their buddies who support and encourage mass slaughter of coyotes and other important predators.

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Posted by Gail Clark on 02/01/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for sharing your detailed and important statement on this issue. As is the case in New Mexico, the only supporters of "kill contests" are those who organize the event, and stand to profit from it. Killing contests are an ethical disgrace. Ethical hunters and ranchers understand this, and support effective wildlife management policies, not blood baths for those eager to just kill something. As New Mexico representative Jeff Steinborn said in 2013, "It's not okay to trivialize life to the point where we award a prize for taking a life." Representative Brian Egolf echoed this, saying "Killing for killing's sake is wrong." As current House Bill 316, supported by the bi-partisan team of Senators Moores and Steinborn, makes its way in the state legislature, Oregon legislators should take note. Most people support an end to killing contests. We know the science behind modern, effective wildlife management. We are appalled by indiscriminate killing and we will let our legislators know that this is not acceptable in our community.

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Posted by Jessi P on 02/01/2015 at 11:21 PM

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

the jmk hunt was not closed for the killing of coyotes, and did not have a 2015 hunt, the last hunt was in 2014, are you sure you have the dates and people straight??
And what's up with the rancher thing, I'm pretty sure none of the ranchers in that area sponsored any kind of coyote hunt or contest, and have more important things to do than drive around shooting coyotes. I find it amusing that this is the only item you can find to report on. The Jmk hunt issue was over a year ago, and your still trying to drag it up. This is another attempt by some incestuous, inept, paper boy imop

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Posted by wile e on 01/30/2015 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

AMEN! I love the liberal nimbys I'll drive my prius to my neighbors and drop the rats off there. I HOPE they come by, borrow your live trap and return the favor. Stupid liberals. always dumpin their problems on other people instead of taking responsibility. What decent neighbor would put vermin over their fellow human beings? KILL THEM (rats, not neighbors!). Freakin disease-carrying, bottom of the food chain dwellin vermin (again, rats - not neighbors). All of you who relocate these disgusting animals can pitch in $1 to defray the cost of my corolla having its ignition wires replaced at Desert Toyota this morning (chewed thru by guess what?). Put your money where your self-righteous mouth is.

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Posted by death to rats on 09/13/2011 at 5:17 AM

Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

The author is incorrect about Hobo Spiders - they are very poisonous, and they live in the Pacific NW. Their bites do not harm you unless they become trapped against your body in a confined space. In that case, they transmit a powerful venom that attacks tissue. The more fatty tissue attacked, the deeper and more necrotic the wound tends to be. The bite resembled a mosquito bite, but within a few days the victim can develop flu like symptoms and the wound begins to ulcer; it can ulcer all the way to the bone. Teenage Hobo Spiders carry the most potent venom. There is an antidote - so it is important that if you believe you have been bitten by a Hobo Spider, you should see your health care provider as soon as possible. When a person has been bitten by a hobo spider where it causes necrotic damage to tissue, it usually makes the news - it is a rare occurrence - but it can and does happen. Hobo spiders are brown in color, and the coloring can vary. They are easily identified by a triangular shaped body and at their mouths they have two feelers that have the appearance of boxing gloves. Their webs are a little different from other spiders - they are funnel shaped and often are found in corners of buildings, fences, etc. You can read about Hobo spiders on the internet, which describes and explains what I have just written. I have found the best way to deal with Hobo spiders is to kill their offspring as soon as they come into our home. They begin to arrive in April, and they continue to visit us until October; they are very pronounced from June-August when the weather becomes warmer. I ordinarily do not kill spiders - but I will kill Hobo spiders because of the damage they do. I check my shoes and clothing during this spider season, and also bedding, and try to keep the bed away from the wall. As I said, read the internet on the subject of Hobo spiders. You don't need to be paranoid of them - but just be aware they are here. I have lived in the Pacific NW for 54 years, and the Hobo Spiders have always been here - and I have never had a necrotic bite yet - nor has anyone I know. Their necrotic bites are rare. Just be aware.

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Posted by Chaplain on 05/23/2010 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket

I saw my first Jerusalem cricket this morning. I was outside my barn in New Mexico, in the horse paddock. Unfortunately, we did kill it, not knowing what it was. I now know they are rare and nearing extinction. I regret killing it. Glad to know more about it.

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Posted by Lydia on 09/05/2009 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Bend on Ice

Actually, Ashley's oldest student is 65. That would be me.

I certainly agree that it would be nice to have a full size rink in town. I also think the proposed design is totally foolish and I fear it will fail so badly that it will and up being abandoned. They have a roof directly above the ice to provide shade. That would work if the sun was directly overhead. Of course, that's not the reality in the winter. I suspect the southern most 20 or 30% of the ice surface will be unusably soft on sunny days.

What we really need is a rink inside a real insulated building that could be used for more than just three months in the winter. I'd be perfectly happy with a plain old (cheap) steel warehouse that could be insulated and chilled inside. Instead I see my tax money being squandered on a flashy looking but impractical tourist attraction.

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Posted by jcbarlow on 01/02/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket

I found a Child of the Earth when I was 10 yrs. in Cloudcroft,New Mexico. I was more yellow, nd pinkisin color, a looked very much like a baby, I was told that they are very poisonous.

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Posted by Loree Curry on 02/17/2010 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

Here is another Idea. Trap the packrat and then kill it. No Poison, and it's still dead. Moving a packrat just makes it someone elses problem.

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Posted by becky on 10/30/2013 at 12:44 PM

Re: “No More Killing Coyotes for Sport

I think its hilarious that these "animal rights" groups come up with non-existent statistics which can be easily debunked with a visit to the fish and wildlife service website and view their publush scientific data which is based on facts. This story mirrors that of other stories being publish under different author names. Each and every story claims hunters are targeting babies and pregnant animals in order to stir up anger and resentment towards licensed hunters. This author is just another keyboard ccommando

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Posted by SSFguy on 01/31/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket

I saw one of these in my front yard in san diego and was scared for my child and my dogs not knowing what it was. I though my dog had dug it up still not sure but got my dog awaqy real fast from it . The eyes looked like a unborn baby like and the head so big I dont remeber any stipes at all but all the noise I made about it, my neighbor came out and told me they were called baby tierra's and seen in mexico that they are hard to kill and cry like a baby when hit which really made me uncomfortable scared enough as I was not knowing if posionous or what? and looking like a alien of sort. I had to kill it for the fear and child and my pups, Well I didnt kill it my nieghbor did it for me with my shovel and it was awful! It would not die it had a hard head the sound of it seeeing him trying to kill it took time and it did not cry as he told me he heard of them doing, but still scared of the unknown and not much like for spiders reptiles etc..safe than sorry right? but I have been bothered by this for so long looking it up trying to find photos or some kind of information and nothing till now! quit a few years later. I do wonder in my front yard late at night when its quiet and peaceful I could hear a sound beneath the dirt not like a cricketing sound but a tapping like sound could that be a sign of more? or what? Its a tapping sound and my dogs too hear it like I do its weird sometimes durring day if quiet I can hear it also. All in all thanks for having the picture and information now i know more about what had been found in my yard.

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Posted by elise on 04/05/2010 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

We have an old barn on our remote Ranch in the Idaho Mountains off of the Salmon River.. We were going to poison them to get rid of them but after reading your article have decided to live trap and move them instead. Thank You for the information...

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Posted by De Embree on 07/12/2009 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Packing Off Pack Rats: Don't kill the rats, move 'em

The best rat is a DEAD RAT!!!!

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Posted by Shara on 12/14/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Nina de la Tierra: Child of the Earth: The mystery of the Jerusalem Cricket

We've seen the occasional "potato bug" in our yard, but this year when some of our vegetable plants were inexplicably dying and I dug them up, there were numerous ugly slimy potato bug larvae in the dirt. I'm wondering if there's any way to kill them short of poison, or digging up the entire yard and picking them out. They seem to be everywhere in the yard.

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Posted by J Rabuchin on 09/08/2009 at 7:05 AM

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