• Melodye Shore

      It baffled me, too, Carol. I’m wondering if he had any idea of the dangers he posed, for the coyote and himself.

  1. Jenn Hubbard

    Is it because we spend so much time in front of screens, or in curated environments like zoos, that people seem to expect wild creatures to behave tamely, to pose for us and obey our wishes? I’ve observed this behavior a lot in national parks–as if people think nature is programmed to entertain us.

    • Melodye Shore

      I’m not sure, Jenn, but it’s worrisome.

      I do think we are programmed by social media to document (and then post) EVERYTHING, even when it’s at our mutual peril. Zoos are good about educating visitors; more so, all the time. And they play a critical role in protecting and preserving animals that are on the endangered species list. But I get what you mean about easier access leading to complacency… it’s a mixed bag, isn’t it?

      My takeaway, for what it’s worth: When we lose touch with our natural instincts–however that happens–we’re more likely to invade their natural habitats and drop our own protective boundaries. At that point, we become an existential danger to ourselves AND the creatures in the wild.

      My hope is that this little post becomes a cautionary tale…

  2. I was at the YMCA of the Rockies just outside Estes Park, CO a few years ago. The elk were in rut (mating season). Every twist and turn in the road had signs saying “Stay Away from the Elk!” Men were piling out of their cars with camera phones held high – tempting fate. I would have had little sympathy for the humans – much for the elk – if anything had happened. There are certainly times when I wish technology would just go away for awhile (maybe even a long while) – but then I wouldn’t “know” you and that wouldn’t be fun.

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