|Fifty miles and a few years apart in the wild mountain forests|
We've spent years together where we could not see a single light from a neighbor's house, no street lights, and only small country roads.
|Bobcat on our driveway in 2012|
Lately I've been seeing video after video posted on Facebook of wild animals looking in through sliding glass doors and windows into the living rooms and kitchens of humans.
There are so many of them.Yes, they are gorgeous. Yes, I love them. But the way I feel about it is that those beautiful wild animals belong there and those sliding glass doors and humans with their video-recording phones and domesticated pets DO NOT. We are encroaching on their habitat, what little of it that they have left. It is not always safe for them to cross paths with us. And, we are sadly leaving them so little choice.
In fact, we have left them so little room, the news has been full of photos of coyotes that have taken up residence in cities and towns. This is not good news.
We have so encroached and poisoned their habitats that they have very little choice but to seek out new spaces that will ultimately be so dangerous for them. We need to give them space, lots and lots of wild clean spaces.
So while I have loved every time I crossed paths with a wild creature, I'm only joyous now when it's on their turf and not mine.