Hmm… truly a First World issue (“When zombies attack, Big Sur survivalist Tyson Curtis will be ready,” May 9-15). People in countries with real struggles don’t get to play “homeless.” God forbid we need to start a draft again in America. We’d be in big trouble, unless we’re at war with zombies and video game villains. - Trixietime | via Web

While we all admire resourcefulness, Tyson Curtis’s survivalism for the sake of warding off zombies is, at best, silly. If his goal is really sustainability, then he should realize (and care) that what he is doing is environmentally destructive. Living off the grid and collecting where certain species are overly abundant is OK, but doesn’t he realize that he is exploiting and depleting natural resources? Killing wild native birds (except game) is never justified unless your life is truly threatened (i.e., starving with nothing else available, or being attacked). The fact that Curtis calls environmental laws “interpretive” indicates to me that this “adventure” of his is all about his ego and nothing to do with sustainability, the environment or any concern for the world. I only hope that the free press the Weekly gave him and his blog do not cause a bunch of imitators.


P.S. We have Scrub Jays and Steller Jays here, but there are no Blue Jays in the western U.S. The fact that Mr. Curtis doesn’t even know what species of wild bird he is heartlessly killing for two bites of meat does him no service! - Celia Bosworth | Pacific Grove

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I’m thinking it must have been a slow news week for the Weekly to write the article on Tyson Curtis. I found it outrageous that this apparently bored, rich, Big Sur kid was being glorified for killing animals. Pretending he’s living in post-apocalyptic America. Geez, give me a break. - Lulu Huffman | Pebble Beach

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Sanbenito1

Its too bad that some readers. Did not realize the term " zombies" was a play on the concept of a life changing/ ending disaster. It was used too much in the article. Tyson is actually doing a study on how to survive a cataclysm. What he is doing is not easy, and I guarantee that there will not be an influx of others attempting this, let alone succeeding at it. If there is a natural or societal disaster, i will be proud to have "Mr. Curtis" show me the way to survival.

Sanbenito1

I love it- Lulu, an apparently equally bored rich lady from Pebble Beach, throwing stones at Tyson, a person she has never met. She is outraged, in fact! Geez lady, chill out...and not everyone is bothered by hunting animals for food. Why is it any worse than buying a farm-raised organic turkey that has been raised in a cage, factory-wrapped in plastic, frozen and shipped 2,000 miles to Whole Foods?

I think it a cool idea. Despite the overdone sensationalist spin that the writer put on the story, I think it is a very interesting personal challenge to see if you could live off the land as pioneers once did. Tyson's ancestors came to California from Kentucky before the Civil War in covered wagons, and I think they would have been proud of his resourcefulness (while at the same time wondering why anyone would give up a trip to the grocery store, haha!).

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