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Re: OT: Squirrels

From: "Carol Fisher" <fisherc@jjemail.net>

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Haggstroms <hagg@alaska.net>
To: Iris-talk <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 1999 14:22
Subject: [iris-talk] OT: Squirrels

> From: Haggstroms <hagg@alaska.net>
> I wrote an e-mail earlier about squirrel "solutions" which  probably
> offered inappropriate remedies for problem squirrels. I've received
> several private e-mails chastising me, and I'm starting to feel very
> badly about writing that e-mail. Dennis Kramb was actually the only one
> who mentioned something on-list, but then he wrote a very nice letter
> off-list and was very kind. But, it's obvious that my advice was off
> base for this situation.
> I really had no idea I was offering a fairly offensive solution, and I
> truly didn't mean to step on people's feet.
> As I said to Dennis Kramb off-list, you have to forgive me for having a
> little void in my understanding about certain issues, especially how
> they're perceived stateside. I grew up in Alaska with a basically
> "subsistence" type lifestyle - shooting game, trapping, mushing dogs,
> commercial fishing, harvesting seagull eggs, cutting up seal and whale
> (real smelly), smoking fish, flying, etc. I consider myself quite
> responsible in my own little eco-niche, don't harvest more than I need,
> never trophy hunt, and respect the balance of nature, as it exists where
> I live.
> BUT, I don't have a grasp on the view of the urban-raised person, who
> probably has never had much experience in a true "wild balanced
> ecosystem" and thus, has an urbanized view of their relationship with
> the critters of the city - squirrels, birds, mice, cats, dogs, etc. And
> who's to say that's wrong? For an urban situation, their attitude is
> probably correct and appropriate. That view probably shouldn't be
> seriously extended to the true wild, AND on my end, I did the same
> thing, by extending my view into the urban scene. So, I think I was out
> of line suggesting a rural solution to an urban problem.
> I apologize for offering an offensive solution to what many see as
> welcome additions to their local urban scene. Sorry about that.
> Kathy Haggstrom
> Anchorage, AK

Besides squirrels are so tasty.  
> > 

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