Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hunters and scavengers

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A cat down in the wild wadi next to my village was so intent on stalking prey that it didn't even notice my arrival.

Many hikers visit the spring over the weekend, too many for only one trash bin.
If the lid can't close properly, it's easy pickin's for the jackals and cats to dig in, scatter the garbage, and look for a meal.
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Fortunately, this area is on the Hadassah Trail, not far from the medical center.
The hospital encourages staff members to volunteer to go out and clean up this area (and also Khirbet Sa'adim spring, up on a different mountain) on a regular basis.
I think Hadassah gives the volunteers picnic lunches, transportation, and pay for the days they clean the adopted nature areas.
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For Camera-Critters meme.
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12 comments:

Carletta said...

He is in stalking mode. :)
I think it would be just as easy to add another trash bin as have to find someone to clean up.

Dina said...

Carletta, the problem is that there are no real roads down to the spring, which makes large-scale garbage collection almost impossible. Hikers are urged to take their trash back out when they go, but few do.

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

I agree, the cat looks ready to strike.
Such a shame to see the trash in such a beautiful natural area. I wish the hikers would be more responsible.
Here's my critter
http://butterybooks.com/?p=44184

Pat said...

What a cute black and white cat! YOu caught him in action.

VP said...

You need jackals a mess like this, our hikers don't.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love the cat ~ It has always been my view that 'humans' make more waste than animals ~ Yet, where I live they ban dogs from beaches (owners don't cleanup after them ~ yet it is minor compared to humans ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

Theanne and Baron said...

what a nice incentive for keeping a beautiful place...beautiful

Kay said...

What is that cat after anyway? I wonder why they don't put another trash bin there since it's an obvious problem. Oops! I just read Carletta's comment. OK, I get it. Maybe hikers need bigger signs.

Andrea said...

Hi Dina, irresponsible garbage disposers are scattered everywhere. I think it is only in Australia where littering rules are very successful. It is more difficult in places like ours where there are so many people, and many irresponsible hikers. By the way, i like those trees in the first photo.

Spiderdama said...

let's hope they can clean up. My kids would call the hikers natural pork!

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the photo of the cat, Dina.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

spacedlaw said...

Feral (or non feral) kitties are the same everywhere...