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PREDATOR AND PREY

The shrike commonly called “butcher bird’ has the appearance of a cute little songbird but in reality is a vicious predator that often impales his victims on thorns or barbed wire while he consumes them. Photo by Ashley Clayton Zimmerman

PREDATOR AND PREY

Many folks share my inherent feelings about predators; we dislike them because of their nature but know they are an intricate part of the natural world. They are genetically programmed to kill to survive. I detest the idea of a coyote pulling down a newborn whitetail fawn or a northern shrike biting through the spine of a cardinal at our bird feeder, and then impaling the song bird on a thorn while he rips him apart. I understand in the big scheme of things, predators are a part of nature and there is a reason for their existence. As a hunter, I also assume the role as predator but like the vast majority of hunters, I strictly adhere to the game laws and bag limits determined by trained biologists whose job it is to determine how many game animals of each species needs to be removed each year to insure a proper balance. Largely because man has caused the natural cycle of nature to be disrupted, we now assume the task of keeping numbers in check.

Hoo-ray, the Cold Weather is Over—it is MARCH!
Hoo-ray, the Cold Weather is Over—it is MARCH!

Hoo-ray, the Cold Weather is Over—it is MARCH! Or, is it?

Yes, it really is March, but I am not quite sure that the “cold is over.” In my memories are recollections of really cold spells and some quite heavy snow showers. But, I realized I was not physically “46” any more when I wrestled with the “Big C.” Maybe my memory is not “46” either! Let’s look at snow in March first. Keep in mind that this is for DFW and not for the outlying areas, which vary greatly!

President Joe Biden Says Texas Made “Big Mistake” by Lifting Mask Mandate, Suggests “Neanderthal thinking”

President Joe Biden’s administration has urged states not to let up on restrictions as vaccinations pick up. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Joe Biden Says Texas Made “Big Mistake” by Lifting Mask Mandate, Suggests “Neanderthal thinking”

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Texas made a “big mistake” by removing its statewide mask mandate and suggested the decision reflected “Neanderthal thinking.”

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