Something not right

To the Editor: No, no, no. Something here’s not right. Human ingenuity has brought us the coyote calling device, and we’ve chosen to use it. This gadget reproduces the sound of a coyote in distress. Like humans, coyotes feel a strong bond to other members of their species, and when they hear this cry for help, they come to investigate. The hunter and gun lie in wait. And it is truly tragic if the gunman thinks “Stupid fool, I got you!” as he shoots.

Notwithstanding the repugnance behind the manipulation of these animals’ natural compassion, what if a family dog, out for a walk in the woods, felt sympathy for a fellow canine and fell for this same trap? “That doesn’t happen!” you argue? Think again. It has. But that’s a story for another day.

Having served in the military, I had access to many veterans’ war stories — like the one about some close-knit reconnaissance group in World War II. After a heated battle, a calm stalemate ensued. The Americans regrouped. They heard cries for help, in perfect English, from nearby. Several of the men rushed toward the desperate pleas, only to be shot at close range by an obscured enemy, who had issued the fake entreaties. Just like that, several men were extinguished.

The guy who told me the story spoke slowly. I could tell his heart was broken. He struggled to offer his conclusion: he said, a couple times, “Something just not right about that.”

Something just not right about that.

WILLIAM M. TRENTLY

New Hampshire Animal Rights League Board

Stratham

William M. Trently

N.H. Animal Rights League Board

Stratham