Wildlife in the City

Mark Mazer markemazer@gmail.com
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:44:07 PDT
Dread the day feral pigs move into the neighborhood.  A problem in the
South and West, they have recently been reported in upstate New York.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, North Carolina  USDA 8a

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM, Judy Glattstein <jgglatt@gmail.com> wrote:

> We are seeing more and more of a limited variety of wildlife. Lots of
> deer. There used to be wild turkeys when we first moved here about 18
> years ago. Now scarce, likely due to the coyotes that have come into the
> area. Ground nesting birds such as turkeys are at risk. Both black and
> turkey vultures. Red tail hawks. Great horned owls. Skunks, raccoons,
> ground hogs, opossum, red fox. A neighbor was just e-mailing around the
> other day, warning of an aggressive black bear on our road. (Though how
> he knew it was aggressive is beyond me. Any black bear I saw ambling
> down the street would be observed from inside the house.)
> Grey squirrel numbers rise with a good acorn crop, then drop when the
> mast returns to "normal." The foxes successfully raise a larger litter
> with the ample supply of squirrels, then drop again when the squirrel
> numbers fall. Voles especially have a boom-and-bust cycle.
> We let someone deer hunt the back of our property. There are other
> hunters elsewhere up and down the road. Since the does tend to drop
> twins it doesn't seem to do much to reduce their numbers. And we do
> enjoy locavore, free range venison. Nicer than the ranched version
> shipped in from New Zealand.
> Judy in New Jersey where a drizzle of rain is very much welcome
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