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Monkey squad

‘aptly named’

After reading The Lima New’s article on June 27th about the formation of an animal response team, I could no longer refrain from comment. Never has a more ridiculous, bureaucratic, piece of nonsense been proposed. When Mr. Decker received a grant for a second “bomb robot” (in case the first one is busy or out to lunch), I held my tongue. Now, quite frankly, I’ve had enough.

Ronald Reagan once said “the goal of every bureaucrat is to protect the bureaucracy” No truer words were ever spoken.

Between the federal government, the state legislature and the county commissioners, taxpayers are increasingly being robbed to pay for useless programs fostered by unelected and unaccountable public officials who seek to build their own “empires” in the name of “public safety”.

The notion of a black bear wandering into Allen County is laughable. And on the outside chance that one would, big deal! Black bears pose little threat to humans and could easily be managed by current law enforcement. From my experience a bullet to the head works quite nicely.

But the “coyote situation” is the one that nearly made me blow a major artery. Sure coyotes eat the occasional lap dog or family kitty, but if anyone has ever heard of a human attack please let me know. We are talking about a 35- to 45-pound animal that is far more frightened of humans than humans are of them.

My answer to Mr. Decker’s question “ How are we going to handle such events?” May I suggest putting the shiatsu and Tabby in the house, get a camera, sit on the deck and take a few pictures.

— Leland Yoakam, Harrod

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