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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: Animals

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I don't know how you "gain an appreciation" for "Mother Nature" when you shoot an animal for no reason -- not even to eat it. I'm sad to read that although Mr. Elmer admires the birds, he still plans to take his grandchildren crow hunting. Grandparents can teach many wonderful lessons. This is not one of them.

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Posted by Virginia on 03/05/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

Ditto, Laura! I felt the same way - why kill them if you respect them so much? Especially when killing them serves absolutely no purpose, although I've known a few farmers who would shoot crows eating their corn shoots and leave the dead crows in the field. They all said it would stop the rest of the crows from eating the field. So in that case I can see the purpose, but otherwise they have a lot to teach us and are far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

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Posted by Elrod on 02/25/2016 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Yes, I'm a big fan of Billy. Billy's Belly for President! Great article Pamela and Anson!

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 02/25/2016 at 1:42 AM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I would like to add the irrelevant fact that I personally know the artist who created the incredibly beautiful and detailed rendering of the crow at the top of this article. She is a massively talented artist and you should most definitely hire her to, say, paint a family portrait, decorate the walls of your house with murals, trim your hedges into wild and imaginative shapes, chisel a relief of a fire breathing dragon into your driveway... you know, whatever floats your boat.

So, yeah... free plug :).

Posted by Jason B Much on 02/24/2016 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Wonderful! I loved this interview and wish Billy good luck in his quest to eat a chipmunk someday.

Posted by Tim Patterson on 02/24/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I will never understand why people who claim to admire and respect animals are so obsessed with killing them.

Crows have been known to mourn their dead. Crows form strong social and family ties and they mate for life. Even Elmer can't justify shooting them (or trying to) anymore, yet he wants to take his grandkids shooting. Why? While "killing one or two crows won't affect the overall population," why add misery to the world, just because you can? Shoot skeet, not living, breathing animals, if you want to be a more ethical marksman.

Watch PBS's excellent documentary, "A Murder of Crows" to learn more: .

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Posted by Laura Yanne on 02/24/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

''ten long feet''... Billy, you are a hoot! It's great to get a chance to know you a bit more. Keep up the..relaxing.

Posted by Mary Lou Hardwich Leavitt on 02/24/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

Some years ago after a protest at Vermont Yankee, we retired to an activists house. He had a pond full of salamanders, fish, frogs, water beetles... And he spied a middling snapper walking up his field. How he saw that was beyond me, but the turtle was headed for his pond. I went out with a No. 5 pail and put him in it. Later we released it in the Ashuelot River.

But people do target turtles on the road. Some years ago in Winchendon, Ma, my father stopped to assist of large painted turtle in the breakdown lane of Route 12. A box truck driven by two yobs swerved and crushed the animal, spraying my dad's shirt in fluids.

Here is a sad story of drivers deliberately kill turtles.…

Posted by Steve William Lindsey on 02/24/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Loved this.

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Posted by Nancy Stearns Bercaw on 02/24/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

It is just a thought, but a cat exercise wheel might just help Billy the Cat.

I bought one for my somewhat oversized -- er, overweight cat -- Cleopatra (Cleo:, earlier last year and she uses it several times a day most days. Besides providing Cleo with much needed exercise and also something meaningful to do, it helps cut down on attacks on human ankles and the like (sometimes anyway).

By the way, like Billy the Cat, Cleo can often be found laying around in much the same manner as he (however, no matter how tempted one might be to do so, one doesn't dare try to rub or scratch her belly ever).

Morgan W. Brown
Vermont Watch:

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Posted by norsehorse on 02/24/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

Not any Box turtles in your neck of the woods but did you know that every single adult box turtle is vital to the existence of its population?

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Posted by Orbem Ezat Tnod on 02/24/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

No longer on the run!

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Posted by Sio Philbin on 01/11/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

Sio: I would think that they do not tranquilizer him because they do not work immediately. It can take 30 to 60 minutes for them to take effect. At that point he most likely would not be in the area to be found and could possibly get injured.

Posted by Cheryl Pariseau on 01/07/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

This may seem like a stupid question, but if his food can be baited with heartworm/flea and tick meds, why can't it be baited with a tranquilizer? I've been following the story and it's amazing that Murphy made if through the harsh winter last year--it would be great if they could get him home safely soon (or if not home because he's feral, at least to a safe space).

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Posted by Sio Philbin on 12/31/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Update: Still Spooked, Murphy the Dog Eludes Capture

Thank-you for keeping us up-to-date with this pooch. We're cheering for him from Monkton.

Posted by Valerie Mullin 1 on 12/30/2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Tim Hayes Harnesses Equines' Healing Touch

Wonderful article, thank you for acknowledging Tim and the brilliant work he does. Not only is he an inspiration, he has truly made the world a better place for horses, and humans!

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Posted by Karen McNamara on 09/25/2015 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Yes, a Zebra Roams in Vermont

My husband and I are visiting Vermont from Florida. We stopped to take a photo of the covered bridge and the stream. I had just put my camera away when I saw Zeus watching us and wagging his tale. I grabbed my camera and captured some great shots of him. It made our day!

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Posted by Nancy Davis on 07/07/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Yes, a Zebra Roams in Vermont

i used to go past zues everyday on the bus

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Posted by mousemafia on 04/21/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “A Feline Toilet-Training Tutorial

While I agree that we are poisoning our lakes, cats using the toilet are not going to exacerbate the problem because there is so much worse in so much greater quantities that is being flushed. If I thought too much about what people are flushing, it would drive me bonkers. So Kai, in hoping to calm some of your concerns I will share the wisdom of a respected scientist/CEO during a similar conversation about the disgusting things people do to the planet. He said, 'the earth will be just fine". I looked at him and realization dawned...he was telling me the world will be fine because humans will be gone. Sooner than you think! Meanwhile, enjoy life and try not to worry because all the lakes will be pristine very soon in millennial terms. And cats can pee to their hearts' content.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/28/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “A Feline Toilet-Training Tutorial

Kai, loosen up, take a break and add some more "excreta" to the system.

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Posted by Jay Dillon on 06/26/2014 at 10:07 PM

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