Back in the day, hunters shot every varmint they saw (Crows, coyotes, raptors, owls, bobcats, wolves). I’ve got an old book called The Varmit Hunter’s Bible by a guy named Popowski and its fascinating. Photos of dead owls stacked like logs and the like.
You would think the idea of wiping out varmits was long gone. Calling coyotes in across the high desert and collecting their pelts is a challenge and a rush. But I don’t dislike coyotes or treat them like a scourge (how many coyote pelts do you really need?). They’re a smart, gorgeous game animal that lets me extend my hunting season all year if I’m so inclined. And they also keep the rest of their ecosystems in check.
Turns out, not everybody in Oregon feels the same way. A couple of blogs have pointed out that timber companies are slaughtering tree-scratching black bears and piling them up in a convenient ditch. Another pointed to a news story about Portland pigeon enthusiasts attempting to wipe out raptors around their homes so they don’t eat their stupid pets. I pretty much expect that from the timber industry, but the bird-nerds? Come on!