The juxtaposition of two recent articles in our local fishwrap...
...got me thinking: is it really necessary to exterminate a flock of indigenous wild turkeys in the Crow Canyon CC gated community, for doing what comes (and goes) naturally to the birds? Has Manifest Destiny really come to this? Really?
The first article announces The Plan half-cocked by the Homeowners’ Association to engage a “certified” hunter to kill ¾ of the indigenous flock. Their crime against humanity: “the main problem is turkey droppings, which are 'everywhere.' The birds can also cause such problems as damaging flower and vegetable gardens and scratching cars.”
Even if the hyperbolic “everywhere” happened to be true, are hoses illegal in Crow Canyon? And note the verb choice in the second sentence. One “can” only assume that they “haven’t.” If you believe these shallow rationalizations are so much, well, turkey poop, please raise your hand – mine’s up. I’m mildly surprised that they didn’t invoke the classic South Park episode about a community tragically beset by a turkey revolt Web Link , except that this variation on the theme really isn't funny.
The second article makes reference to Fremont’s having ended its contract with a local company that supplies Border Collies to control their local lands that have been befowled by Canada Geese. It was apparently done on the economics, and not on any ineffectiveness, of that solution.
When not pursuing higher education goals (google: “Chaser”), these brilliant and indefatigable canines delight in physical work, including “herding” geese and other birds away from places we late arrivers wish they weren’t – golf courses, airports, beaches, etc. They are not bred or built to kill, but to annoy their subjects into compliance – in this case, inducing them to prefer the wide open spaces surrounding the human enclave. I’d also reckon that the conditions are neaRLY perfect – perimeter fencing and slow speeds on the internal roads (so far enforced by speed bumps, thankfully, rather than hunters).
When humans were granted dominion over the animals (Genesis 1:26 for those of you, so inclined, following at home), it came with a stewardship obligation that we homo sapiens have honored, as here, mainly in the breach. We too lightly resort to this kind of final solution. Can’t we – I’m looking at YOU, Crow Canyon Homeowners Association – do better than this?