I’ve heard it said that city dwellers would think differently about cougars and wolves if they roamed in their area. What is more often left unsaid is that city dwellers wouldn’t like those predators anymore than some rural folks do.

I think the analogy is different.

City dwellers deal with threats that folks in rural areas typically don’t. Or, not to the same extent. Like, shootings, robbery, theft, muggings and the like.

Which got me to thinking, what if city dwellers left keys in their ignitions, their houses unlocked or watched their big screen TV from their front yard, and they woke up to find those possessions gone. Most likely most folks might say, “What did you expect?”

If city dwellers took an approach similar to what some folks do in response to wolf predation, we’d be working to rid our community of its “undesirables.”

Maybe that strategy might feel like the only right response to some folks. Aside from obvious ethical issues, it most likely wouldn’t prove to be a very successful way of dealing with the problem.

What happens instead is we lock doors, remove keys from cars, install alarm systems and take other similar measures. In other words, we take steps to secure what we consider valuable.

We all have something to learn from each other.

Bob Procter

Portland

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