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Re: The Holy Book says...

It's a conundrum Marge for which I don't have the answer.  Don't get the
impression I begrudge you your garden...I don't.  As I said I would love
and will have a garden somewhere in the Rockies.  Probably won't be
growing Hibiscus however.  (Deer candy by the way!)  Being a realist I
say kick their fannies.  Man created the imbalance and man must correct
it.  One way or another!  Like the armadillos there are a handful of
creatures that have learned or are suited to live with our degradation.
It makes the working of Ma Nature a truly wonderful thing.

Let us not forget what the Holy Book says about fences and I quote:
"Thou who fences thy neighbors out must have thine fences blown to
smithereens by the holy hand grenade."  This can be interpreted in many
different ways by many different scholars.  For me, I'll just let the
words do the talking.


Marge Talt wrote:

> Well, David, I have always operated on the principle that wildlife
> has as much, if not more right to live on my land and this planet as
> I do; that it is my responsibility to come up with creative ways to
> get around whatever destructive proclivities they have...and fencing
> out the deer is my solution.  I agree with Claire, the only way to
> keep a garden in deer territory is fence them out - and like Claire,
> deer are free to roam the rest of my woodland; just NOT inside the
> fence:-)
> I don't regard it as an either/or issue. You can value wildlife and
> value your garden at the same time and to the same degree and still
> not want the wildlife to ruin the garden.  I see no contradiction
> there.
> Of course the problem is that the balance is out of wack...that's the
> problem with humans vs nature all over the world, but most
> particularly in the suburban/urban areas.  Well, I'm not even sure we
> can limit it to that because farming, by its very nature, is an
> unnatural activity which causes imbalance in the native ecosystem.
> Actually, it seems that ALL human activity results in
> imbalance...hmmm...that says something about us humans, doesn't it?
> I'd almost take your rats....well, almost:-)  We actually have a
> family of rural rats that I don't really mind; they're quite handsome
> animals...
> The issue is, really, how to solve with the problem that we have
> created...it is a problem, not only for human gardens, but for the
> rest of the wildlife in our woods whose habitat is disappearing -
> along with the wildflowers.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> > From: David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
> >
> > I think I need to clarify my position before I'm accosted by Ceres
> and Marge
> > and apparently a new member (Claire!  Welcome Claire!)
> >
> > I agree with both Linda and Libby.  The problem is not too many
> deer it's too
> > little habitat and not enough predators.  The balance is out of
> whack.  There
> > are too many people who want to live the rural life and have their
> gardens
> > too.  I have to confess I am one of these.  Hopefully within the
> next ten
> > years I'll be a distant neighbor of Linda's.  If there were a
> benevolent, all
> > knowing leader we should all live in mega-highrises right in the
> middle of
> > metro areas within walking distance to our jobs, stores, schools
> etc.  That
> > way we could leave the rest of the world to operate as it
> should...in the
> > state of nature.  Do I want to live that way?  No!  But I never
> claimed to be
> > an exception to anything.
> >
> > My point in this was for those who choose a rural life to then
> complain about
> > the wildlife seems kinda funny to me.  I realize that the
> population of the
> > deer is exploding but that's because so many of us want to live in
> rural
> > areas AND not want to worry about wolves stalking them.  If this
> seems like
> > I'm talking in circles it is because I am and as Linda Ellerby used
> to say
> > "And so it goes!"  (Side note:  I know so many stories of people
> who move to
> > places like Alaska and then complain and shoot the bears, wolves
> and other
> > predators because they are afraid of them as perhaps they should
> be.  I hate
> > that.)
> >
> > Note to Claire:  As much as I hate to say this to a new member but
> Claire
> > your garden isn't more important to me as the wildlife that inhabit
> that
> > area.  Believe me my garden is very important to me as well but a
> healthy
> > environment is far more important as far as I'm concerned.
> >
> > This is a little morbid for a gardening chat group but I've heard
> many folks
> > describe the human species as a germ.  A germ that kills everything
> in it's
> > wake as it slowly spreads and increase exponentially until
> ultimately it
> > kills it's host...the planet.  I'm reminded of that analogy
> whenever topics
> > like this come up.
> >
> > Marge, Ceres you know I don't mean anything derogatory when I write
> this
> > stuff.  I understand your problem.  However, Marge I would be
> willing to
> > trade you a dozen whitetails for a like number of urban rats which
> seem to be
> > multiplying in these parts as of late.
> >
> > I just thought of a bumper sticker:  Save the native
> wildflowers...take down
> > your fences!  Seriously, the only answer is to cull the herds.  I'm
> all for
> > reintroducing predators, wolves, mountain lions into the ecosystem.
>  I
> > wouldn't walk alone at night though but it's something they should
> do.
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