One of my "close-at-home" adventures recently has been trapping critters, mostly raccoons, from under my house where they are doing damage. After a round robin group of calls, a few weeks ago, I came up with the "federal trapper's" # where I left a message. He answered promptly, and came here the next day with a trap. Two days later, I had a very large raccoon in the trap, and called the trapper to come get him. As he was taking him away, he informed me that he had to put it down. He can't relocate it because of disease. I felt bad. So for the next 4 trappings of smaller raccoons, I'd take them across the lake and release them. As for the oppossum I trapped last night, I let him go in my yard, as I know he's been around for years, and doesn't live under my house. I found out how they were getting under there, and now have to have someone come and fix the damage!
Protector of the Underdog,
Provider for those who have none,
Do you wear the bandit's mask
to hide the good deeds that you've done?
Teach me to turn away from
rich rewards or worldly acclaim,
Knowing that my generosity allows
my Warrior Spirit to be reclaimed....
from The Medicine Cards
By the way, the clam dip that Kecia posted is delicious! It's a good day!