So...if a kitten is dear and a puppy is darling, why not feel tenderness for fragile, timid rodents and the ilk? Must we beat, bait, and trap them? If we eradicated infectious disease such as plague, pox, and whatnot from wild populations of miscellaneous mammals such as deer, bats, mice, and their predators, there would be no threat, no regret, and we would be that much closer to a peaceable kingdom on earth, of which we are stewards. And, we would have a clean, healthy stock of wildlife available to both eco-tourists and human hunters. Why not? This kind of wildlands maintenance program would provide good, fresh air jobs for forest rangers, researchers, and technical staff. Please.
Caption: Blue Kangaroo Fantastical by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2014.
Caption: Nice Mice Fantastical by Annmarie Throckmorton, 2014.