Ignorance and Propaganda
I had joined a popular neighborhood website and noticed that people kept complaining about seeing coyotes. They would spread the most absurd rumors to inspire all sorts of fear.
The reason, they were selfish and lazy people who didn’t want to share “their” land with the wildlife. They were hoping to create panic that would result in a mass extermination of the animals.
The thread was really getting ridiculous!
“Huge coyote spotted on the corner of Moulton and Nellie Gail. Beware!” Then others would chime in with “I saw one running through the park” the next with “One killed my cat who I left outside all night” and so on it kept going all day, everyday!
Finally, I made a somewhat sarcastic comment with a simple message that started World War III on the website.
I really didn’t feel obligated to sugarcoat my opinion nor did I care if I sounded out there!
The Nellie Gail Ranch is a very wealthy community located in the Laguna Hills area of South Orange County. Their goal was to spread panic that would result in a mass coyote extermination.
There are barely any coyotes I have seen running around in this vicinity.
I have lived here for ten years and spotted exactly five in that whole time. What few remain are skinny, starving terrified dogs who are non-aggressive towards humans.
These poor animals are frantically searching for ways to feed their young and survive generally on a diet of wild rabbits.
The mansions in this area which are generally occupied by all of two or three people have taken away just about any space for them to live in peace.
Support for the Animals
I was pleasantly surprised to find that many people supported my views and thanked me for speaking up. Thus I continued much to the annoyance of many…
I was hoping to bring out more empathy in those who cared.
It worked. I was asked for information on how they could actually help stop these animals from being slaughtered. I was no expert but decided to do some research.
The “Negative Nellie Gailers” of course had to oppose any solution that might threaten their Stepford lifestyles.
Three of them, in particular, started a relentless campaign against me and got me kicked off the website.
Insults were hurled at me that were so silly I laughed, I was jealous of their money, my cat was lazy and I was illiterate, I climbed up stop signs and posted “Save the Coyote Signs” to deliberately cause traffic accidents… Okay nobody calls my cat lazy, that is just rude!
Their next attack was to broadcast that the coyotes were hunting toddlers and because of this, the local politician launched a plan to target five specific coyotes known as the “problem makers” with snares.
I called the politician repeatedly. I called PETA, the Channel 7 news, the Coyote Defense League etc… A lot of people were also very upset along with me.
Sadly their childish conduct eventually ruined my campaign to stop the snaring of the coyotes. I spent three months doing everything possible I could think of. At the end I was disappointed and emotionally drained.
I don’t think they even cared about the animals, it was more about the arrogance of getting their way.
So wait, how exactly do they know one coyote from another?
They don’t! They just bank on thinking that the public is dumb enough to believe that they do!
I felt completely useless and depressed. I was also very angry and it got the better of me.
I felt like I was being backed into a corner like a helpless coyote myself.
The snaring went ahead.
After the administrators allowed me back on the site again, they sent me supportive personal messages, just asking me please not to break the rules.
This time the trio of terror had had me kicked off for “soapboxing”.
I was able to check my latest messages, people frantically were asking me who they could call and what they could do. They really cared.
But by the time I was allowed back on the site, it was too late to give out that information to those people. It could have been stopped.
To make things even more rotten is that it would not even just be coyotes caught in these traps, other innocent species would too.
A company called Critter Busters were responsible for the killings.
The world is not a fair place. But, I plead with anyone who cares to speak up against animal cruelty.
Speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. If you don’t say anything, even if you think you will make zero difference, then guaranteed you will make zero difference!
Our Anti-Heroes of Nellie Gail!
Ignorance is bliss and to bully someone for trying to help animals makes you an a**hole!
Rob Waldner (hiding behind a wolf mask)
Ron Davies (Orange County Dental Anesthesiologist)