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  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 29 weeks ago

    Thanks for bringing up this aspect of the issue, ssanders! Those owners who love to have their cats roam free willingly let them kill other animals, so need to be somewhat philosophical about the possibility of their animal getting killed in turn. That's what animals do!

    As for those who insist on keeping cats indoors, I'd like to learn more about the mental well-being of solitary predators that spend their lives cooped up in close proximity to other creatures while denied the right to hunt...Anybody out there care to educate me?

    I'm not a cat person, but if I was, I'd let mine take its chances outdoors and if it ended up as a coyote's lunch, I'd feel that at least it got to live while it was alive.

  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 29 weeks ago
    And let's not forget all the rodents that cats kill. Probably the reason they were domesticated in the first place.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 29 weeks ago
    While I sympathize with those who have lost a pet, I agree that cat owners need to take more responsibility for their roaming cats. Cats kill billions of songbirds in North America every year and are major contributor to the decimation of songbird populations. Domesticated cats are a non-indigenous (invasive ) predator. Keep your cats under control or don't complain when nature takes its course. Cats are a predator that competes for prey with wild predators, including coyotes. It is natural for competing predators to kill the competition. And yes, even your outdoor cat kills songbirds. More info: http://audubonawe.squarespace.com/storage/OUTDOOR%20CATS.pdf
  • Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change   3 years 30 weeks ago
    Why the alarmists keep harping on every weather aberration as AGW is ridiculous . 31000 scientiasts -not Al Gore's minions- have dispelled the alarmists claim that Climate has anything to do with man made activity . Carbon yes! Gore no !!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    First I would caution those that are quick to say that we moved into the coyotes range and that they are 'natural' and therefore somehow deserving of special treatment (when they kill someone else's pet). Coyotes are probably not native to the Rossland area. Like the whitetail deer they have been expanding their range over the last century, following and using man as a facilitator. Most old-time woodsmen will tell you that if there are wolves around you will have few if any coyotes. Coyotes are extremely adaptable carnivores. The reason they are so adaptable is because they are very intelligent and opportunistic. The have discovered an easy food supply (pets) and that the risk to them of exploiting this food supply is almost nil. Unlike the prairies, almost no-one in this area targets coyotes. On the prairies there is a healthy population of coyotes but, by and large, they are very respectful of man. We don't need to eradicate coyotes. We can respect them for what they are, but unless they respect us there will be increasing confrontation with them. Soon they'll be trying out children as an easy target. We should support sportsmen who enjoy the opportunity to get out and try their skill at hunting this predator and support laws that encourage responsible harvest.
  • ATAMANENKO: Do corporate tax cuts really create jobs?   3 years 30 weeks ago
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  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    If more people kept their cats in the house the coyotes would not increase because of an abundance of food and the poor birds would not be tortured to death by sadistic cats. Besides cats are not native here and are a deadly carnivore themselves, maybe we should just feed them to coyotes!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    My cat was attacked by an owl when I was a kid. Good thing my Dad was there to scare it off. Also, my little brussels griffon( 8 pound dog) was set upon by a hawk last year out at the Salmo river. My dog was only three feet away from me.The hawk was in full dive and couldn't stop when it saw me running towards it. It ended up crashing into the grass just inches from me. It was quite funny. Here it thought an easy meal was in sight and all it got was a face plant into the ground. LOL.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    Hahahahahahaha, I love it. You shot some kid in the butt for being a pain in the a**. My hat is off to you!!!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    " I’m all for live and let live,” Angela Price states, “but not when some thug of a [wild animal] moves into town. You can’t blame a coyote for being hungry, but you can say enough is enough when something is obviously hunting pets.” Angela, how can a coyote be considered a "thug". It is doing what all carnivorous animals do, hunting. Unfortunately cats tend to be easy prey. Any carnivorous animal goes for the easy prey. Expend the least energy for the best reward. You say "enough is enough". Does this mean that coyotes should be hunted down and shot like so many bears have been? It disgusts me that we move into an animals territory but we are so unwilling to accept the consequences of that action. You live in a mountainous area with wildlife all around. You don't want your pets "hunted" then keep them inside.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    It seems odd that people who let their pets run around actually shed a tear for them when they get eaten. In my mind, you shouldn't even be allowed to own a pet if you don't know where it is and what it is doing. I understand that they fill some selfish need for most people who want to own a living thing. I don't mind the occasional person (especially old) who needs a little company with an INDOOR, SPAYED or NEUTERED cat. Or if you own a farm. The rest of you should get off that. You are so selfish. Your cats run amock and spray everything in sight. They fight and they have sex and multiply. Cats do not like close proximity to each other, yet there will be 10 cats in a neighbourhood or multiple cats in a home which stresses them out. You are actually being cruel to own them in these situations. Of course there's the bird issue as well. There are only estimates of the numbers of birds they kill each year, but they are usu. over 100million in North America and possibly much higher. "The problem is not the cats," said Madi Legere of Cat Rescue Maritimes, a group that feeds several colonies of feral cats in Moncton. "The problem is the people who allow their cats to roam and especially the people who abandon their cats." Blancher said it's yet to be seen whether his research will lead to Environment Canada calling for action to reduce the number of birds killed by cats. Cats need to be licensed and owners should have to pay each year. Then they should be picked up or trapped and impounded if caught roaming around or a general nuisance to others. The North American cat population would decline pretty quickly, I imagine.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 30 weeks ago
    I had no idea it would help anyone by reporting coyotes. Ive seen them in broad daylight on the hiway to red headind down a path to 3rd?st. and a pup on the road just as you enter town coming up from trail. three times by the golf coarse on the hiway about 4 pm. they didnt even run just trotting down the road. it seems they use the bike trails a lot. the folks in south belt are seeing way more and a cougar.my son saw 5 by the miners hall one night. there are more than usual and packs not just one sick one.Ill call them in now but they seem to be all over town at night and I know they cover a lot of ground.not just one trail like a bear.racoons also like kittys.poor guys are the meal of choice in town.the slingshot is a great idea.but be carefull. the good ones are used to hunt rabbits. I will never throw rocks at les's house!
  • HST scrapped by 55 percent of voters   3 years 30 weeks ago
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    The only ones to benefit from this will be ones like Vanderzam who has money to burn. For poor folk we were gaining by receiving the benefit of our monthly return from this program as it depended on income. I will now miss out on a return of $235 a month, thanks to uninformed people.
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  • HST scrapped by 55 percent of voters   3 years 30 weeks ago
    Any prediction about which government services will be cut to pay for this?
  • Squatters blamed for fire west of Nelson   3 years 31 weeks ago
    The question to ask here is: why do we have squatters in this wealthy province and country to begin with?
  • Squatters blamed for fire west of Nelson   3 years 31 weeks ago
    We???? You're on your own pal! Besides I wouldn't build these bums a house, they would trash it in no time @ all! They have no respect for other people.
  • Squatters blamed for fire west of Nelson   3 years 31 weeks ago
    We should build houses for these people,
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 31 weeks ago
    You just said you had a fat and lazy cat. How is that healthy? Other than being alive? I don't deny that statistics show longer lives for indoor cats, but I'd be ready to bet that those statistics are skewed by having a large proportion of the death of outdoor cats being at a very young age. A young kitten outside is very much at risk. If it lives past its first few years, it's likely to live a decently long life. In any case, what's longevity compared to quality of life? If your indoor cat has lots of places to climb, toys to play with, people to interact with while living indoors - chances are it's going to be pretty happy. But the outdoors provides lots of natural and healthy entertainment for cats - which is ideal if you're not always around to give attention to your cat. I've found indoor cats generally require a lot more attention.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 31 weeks ago
    By your estimation, my friend who works in a hospital emergency room should be warning everyone not to drive car, ride a bike, or even walk in the city. And saying helmets aren't going to save people from dying from those activities. I don't have a problem with your cat living indoors if it's happy. There's no reason for harping on others who don't wish to deny their cats the pleasure of the very natural element of the outdoors in their lives.
  • Londoners talk about UK riots   3 years 31 weeks ago
    It is worth appreciating that the ordinary English (or Welsh, Irish, etc) person never regarded the disturbances as "UK" riots. They see them as urban disturbances in deprived areas of large cities. Non-urban areas of England objected just as much to the distortion as any. Scotland, Ireland and Wales are pointing out that calling it UK riots is not good for tourism in their nations. Several tour operators in these nations are also echoing the objections of government. They are fear loss in business due to the violence. BBC has acknowledged the objections and asked its reporters to use the term England riots instead of UK riots. It has since been shown that the Scottish tourist industry has been badly affected due to cancellation of bookings. This has affected peoples jobs. Just for the record. How the Vancouver riot was reported: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004127/Vancouver-riots-How-good-Samaritans-stood-mob.html?ITO=1490
  • Cancer takes Jack Layton at the age of 61   3 years 31 weeks ago
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    R.i.p. Jack, Canada is so screwed for sure now. Such a same.
  • Londoners talk about UK riots   3 years 31 weeks ago

    However, I wouldn't be surprised if a UK paper labelled, for example, Vancouver's recent hockey riot as a 'Canadian riot'. Still, I concede the point while noting that 'UK' is mostly how the press refers to that country.

  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 31 weeks ago
    All I can say is the other night It sounded like there were coyotes right outside my door never heard them that close before.
  • Are you pleased about the new gaming centre to open in Castlegar as soon as a year from now?   3 years 31 weeks ago
    Why take chances when you can count on a sure thing.