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A View from the Altar / Where you wouldn’t expect wild things to be
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Where you wouldn’t expect wild things to be

When I was a kid new to the realm of things outside the city, I saw some things in nature that surprised me.  I had always assumed there were basically no large predators in Arkansas, but that was mistaken.  I’ve seen both red and gray wolves there.  But that’s not all.

One night I was driving on a county road near Pine Bluff when my headlights caught the reflection of two big, green eyes in the road ditch beside a wheat field.  It was mid-winter, so the wheat was ankle high.  I stopped my car and backed it sideways across the road to see what the eyes belonged to.  To my absolute amazement, a big, yellow panther was standing there.  After maybe a full minute, he took off loping across the field like a ghost.

And then one day I was riding in the back seat of my father-in-law’s Piper Cub.  As we flew near Star City, we both happened to see a black bear dash from some trash cans near a trailer house and back into the woods.  I guess the airplane spooked him.  Since we knew there were no bears in Arkansas, neither of us said anything at first, not wanting to look childishly excitable.  When we got on the ground my father in law was oddly quiet for a few minutes and finally said, “When we were over that trailer down yonder at Star City… did you, uh, see… anything, uh, funny?”  Realizing he’d seen the bear, I said, “Well, I thought I saw a black bear, but I didn’t want to say aything because I thought you’d think was making up stuff.”  “Hmmm,” he said frowning thoughtfully, “Pretty sure that’s what I saw, too.”

We were both thinking the same thing: Nobody, but nobody, is going to believe us.

While we were standing there, a friend who was an Arkansas State Trooper turned into our driveway to say hello.  We exchanged chitchat for a minute before he said, “Well, I gotta drive to Star City.  Some idiot down there called in, says she’s got a bear in her yard.”

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