|My husband took this photo of an armadillo next to our trailer.|
They are considered pests....
We believe it is our job to keep our domestic animals in such a way as to prevent temptation. We will secure the chickens at night, keep the baby goats in the barn until they are big enough to be fairly safe, and keep the cat near us. Of course this is only practical for small homesteads with just a few animals such as ours. After all, it is much easier for a large operation to kill the predator than protect so many animals. Perhaps that is the root of our modern attitude. As agriculture gets bigger, it demands a larger share of everything. Huge monocultures and feedlots leave no room for untamed nature.
We are aware that our precautions may not always work. We may lose an odd chicken or goat. But we think that a small price for the thrill of seeing the white flash of a bobcat's tail moving ghostlike through the brush.