I have a new friend. His name is Norman. He is the cat who lives next door. I have done nothing to encourage a friendship with this feline. Originally, I shooed him, I barked at him, and I even squirted some water at him. But for some reason, the cat likes me? When I am working in the yard he hops the wall and comes over to me (unbeknownst to me) and snuggles in and out of my lets while I fertilize, trim, or weed in my garden. He likes me to pet him? At any rate, it is hard to not like a cat that acts like a dog! And, I am a dog person. This is the first cat that I can honestly say I like.
The other day I was panning some concentrate from a trip in the desert. I was looking for gold. When I had searched for the gold and found nothing, I would toss the pan of water in the tree well nearby. I was about to do the same thing when I saw Norman lying in the tree well sleeping! He was exceedingly happy lying in that well with the breeze blowing over the water to his left in the well and over him. He passed with an A in school for studies of evaporative cooling! HAHA. What a smart cat! Anyway, Norman and I are friends now and I sort of take care of him. He knows when I am in the yard and immediately hops the fence. I give him cat “treats” and water since it is pretty hot in Arizona these days.
In the evening, I will go out and sit and look at the stars, and soon, Norman will be there. I know he’ll be there so I put his snacks in my pocket beforehand.
Norman is aroused from his slumber!
Of course, when checking out the finer sites of Oatman, one must always be cognizant of the fact that “crap happens”.
For many, many years now, the Gila trout of Arizona and New Mexico was put on the endangered species roster. Many man-hours of work have been paid to separate Gila’s from competing fish, dangers from ferocious forest fires, and toxic chemicals. The Mora National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center’s efforts in New Mexico have been very fruitful. Reasons follow:
By separating gene stock at the hatchery, students of fishery and scientists have worked to study the fish and bring up the Gila trout under controlled conditions, then letting them go into the Gila trout’s ancestral habitat.
Creeks and streams in Arizona and New Mexico have been modified to ensure a safe existence for the Gila fish stock and at the same time its population increase. In 2011, the trout stocks became viable and strong enough to permit limited sport fishing.
Diamond Creek, McKnight Creek, McKenna and Iron Creek, Spruce Creeks, Black Canyon, Sheep Corral Canyon, McKnight Creek, Big Dry Creek, Upper Mogollon Creek, White Creek, Upper Little Creek and Whiskey Creek in New Mexico are the Gila trout’s areas. In Arizona Dude Creek,Raspberry Creek, Gap Creek, and Chitty Creek hold Gilas.
Read about this rare and relatively unknown indigenous species of trout fish. http://john000.hubpages.com/hub/The-Gila-Trout-of-Arizona-and-New-Mexico