On february nineteenth through the twentieth of this year, the Save The Birds Coyote Hunting Tournament took place in Marshall, Minnesota. The contest was held to lessen the amount of predation against game birds such as the wild turkey. Many people believe that it is the degradation of their environment that causes the most damage to this species, and not their natural predators. A $500.00 grand prize was offered, as well as a $100.00 prize for the smallest and the largest animal killed. Although 166,000 signatures were gathered on a petition that opposed the contest, it still took place.
I wondered what the birds thought. . . .
You and I have walked this earth for many seasons. While caterpillars and june bugs sustained my young, and plump mice fattened your pups. As I, rustled through dry, fallen leaves gathering acorns; you leaped after cottontails.
Even though you took our kin during the short days of winter, we did not ask an eye for an eye.
When you cracked and slurped our new-laid eggs, we did not ask for an ear or a tail.
They called for your killing to "save the birds," but we do not need saving; and we did not ask for your soul.
"Save The Habitat," is a more apt description. Save it with love and care for the earth. For when you do this, you provide for us.
They were not saving us from you, they were destroying you to save us for them (to take with their deafening shots).
I am sorry for the loss of your brothers and sisters, and when you and I meet along the path in the time of Spring, both gaunt, and surprised to be alive, you and I will know that we have lived our lives on nature's terms and not on man's.
gichi-bine (wild turkey)