Maintaining rural character

Posted on December 13, 2009


Torch Lake Township, like much of the touristed North Country, is obsessed with maintaining Rural Character.  I am generally in favor of this, as rural areas are where the food is grown, and we all know how I feel about that.  Still, I was surprised when Babs Young told me she had seen a cow in the middle of Torch Lake Drive.  By the time she recovered from the surprise the critter was strolling through the underbrush on the other side of the road, but she did manage to get a photo and promised to send it to me. In due course the photo arrived, along with this note: Cow? Bull? Not deer. First he/she was walking on West Torch Lake Drive, then moved to the side and posed for this profile. This was Dec. 10 about 4:45.

Babs, Babs.  What that is is a cougar.  No bull.

And now, lest I hear from partisans on both sides of the raging controversy, here are some sites you can go to for ammunition.  So to speak.

Miss Sadie and the Cowboy are rolling around on the floor guffawing. Miss Puss, on the other hand, is looking thoughtful. She may know something the rest of us do not. She turns her green, green eyes on the Cowboy and glitters at him. Perhaps she is dreaming of the day he will meet a cougar on Neoma Trail. Or at the very least a large cow. Or bull.