Lions, and Tigers, and Bears… O! My!
Well! Sans the tigers anyway. Reports of mountain lions in Connecticut have been circulating since we moved here in the early 1980’s. The Dept. of Environmental Protection and other State agencies have generally pooh-poohed the idea claiming that they’ve had neither foot prints or a dead body in all those years; this despite many credible witnesses to the contrary and even some pictures, albeit blurry. Now however, they have the proof they’ve been seeking still they deny the existence of the Eastern Mountain Lion here in Connecticut since it was declared so by a State agency in recent years. …As it is said let it be written! Despite the body of an Eastern Mountain Lion killed on the Merritt Parkway in a densely populated suburb they will not admit the existence of the lion in the wild but claim it is an “escaped pet”. Give me a break, how many people keep mountain lions as pets, most especially here in CT where it is illegal to do so.
Subsequent to the death of the unfortunate feline, there have been additional sightings of the cats in other parts of the western Connecticut area. Again these are credible but the State refuses to accept them. It boggles the mind that instead of launching an full scale investigation they simply deny the existence and move merrily on. Several years ago they also denied the existence of moose in Connecticut until one was killed on I-84 in the wee hours of the morning. It has only recently been reluctantly admitted that moose do indeed inhabit the forests, lakes, and streams of the State. So now what will it take to admit that populations of the shy and reclusive big cats exist here in the Nutmeg State?
Coincidently, just Sunday evening a bear, a common Black Bear, was sighted two houses away
from mine here in Danbury. While most of my neighbors are native city folk and wouldn’t know a bear from a raccoon, I’m forced to take the sightings seriously. I’m not worried about danger to my dogs or grandkids, as black bears are notoriously retiring and will not fight unless cornered or protecting young. However, as a beekeeper I’ve seen first hand the damage bears can do to beehives, and not just one hive but whole apiaries. So after a brief fishin’ trip on a local lake I’m off to TSC to get an electric fence to surround my bees.
To a bear Hunny-Bunny Farm is a veritable smorgasbord of delectable delights with rabbits, chickens, and eggs as the main course, topped off with a honey dessert. Well will see if Yogi, should he really be a neighbor, is actually smarter than the average bear, Booboo!
Stay tuned for further updates on the situation.
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Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.