Hollywood lion

-- by Jeffrey Callen, Ph.D. -- “… widening the circle of conversation to include the voices of all living beings” is a core component of Earthfire’s work. It shifts the essential paradigm of the environmental movement from a paternalistic caring for nature to a search to identify shared interests of all parties. The tricky part is determining who speaks for the non-human participants at the table and how to determine their desires and intents. A beautifully-written piece by Los Angeles Times staff writer Thomas Curwen (“In the footsteps of an urban mountain lion” – 2/11/2017) highlights some of the conundrums that arise when urban areas become home to potentially disruptive...

racoon-pic

-- by Jeffrey Callen -- The sound of rustling papers caught my attention early in the evening, shortly after nightfall. The sound was coming from the back room, a storage space where we also keep the food and food bowls for our cat and dog. When I got to the kitchen I found our cat Roxie lying crossway in the doorway, blocking entry into the back room. Her posture was relaxed but her head was up intently watching a raccoon eat the kibble in her bowl. Her body language was clear: you can have anything in this room but you can’t come any further into the house. When my image appeared behind Roxie, the raccoon—an adolescent male (his hind quarters out of proportion to his front...