The other night my wife, and I were watching TV when we heard a noise in the kitchen. My wife went into the kitchen and found a large raccoon eating from the cat’s bowl. We had left the back door opened to cool the house. She chased it out and closed the door. In ten minutes he was back entering through the pet door. Had this been a human he could have been shot under the “make my day” law. But, we decided to call the police. After they told us there was nothing they could do, they called DOW. which the game warden told us hire a professional trapper. If you have a problem with a human, bear, or mountain lion you can receive assistance. If your complaint is about another species such as a raccoon, or deer there is nothing they can do.
It seems to me, having lived here for 30 years, that the only thing that DOW does is to make hunting and fishing more complicated. I remember when kids got out of school and hunters flooded the area to hunt. The three reasons I moved to Salida are gone now. I loved to fish, hunt, and garden. Between the complicated regulations, price of gasoline, and price of water all those things are now gone.
Local law prohibits tall fences in the front of your property. Houses around here now I have fences around their trees and bushes. It reminds me of a bad neighborhood in Denver where everyone has bars on their windows. If you can’t defend your property where do you get the services you pay for with your taxes?