John Harrigan: In matters of wolves, and deer as road pizza
Years later - we made 13 trips to Menihek - John Lanier and I were fishing in the river and we both saw flotsam and jetsam in the water. Lanier was below me, trying for salmon. "Hey," I yelled, and he looked upriver to see two caribou swimming. It was that kind of place. The wolves by then were long gone.
"Wolves are recovered and they are now in good hands," Daniel Ashe, director of the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, said at a Washington press conference announcing the plan to delist the gray wolf from endangered species protection. Wolves are doing fine in the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region, he said, and there is no need to keep viewing them as "endangered." The individual states, he said, can manage wolves.
I've been seeing lots of deer. Two back-to-back mild winters have resulted in a good crop (here comes that word "harvest," which I loath) of 1- and 2-year-olds. Why I haven't hit one with my truck is a wonder.
In states such as Pennsylvania, where the road kill often surpasses our entire hunting kill, deer are often not picked up. It's too dangerous on many highways. Instead, they are run over repeatedly until they resemble road pizza.
Why not me? I've been writing about mountain lions (cougars, panthers, painters, catamounts, wildcats, you name it) for nigh on 40 years, yet never have been in the right place at the right time. Neighbors have seen cougars, one crossing the road right behind my outdoor wood furnace, but not me, curse the gods.
"Wednesday, 5/29 4:15 p.m., light rain, drizzle, good light. Rt. 26, Errol, MM23 West of jct. with Rt. 116, 3/10 mile from Androscoggin.
John Harrigan's address: PO Box 39, Colebrook, NH 03576, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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