Anyone Noticed Wild Animals Returing
Here in NC there have been several species of wild animals returning to this area. When I was young there were no dear, wild turkeys, skunks, chip monks, beavers, ground hogs, and some others I've forgotten. The reason I notice them so much is they are being killed on the road by cars.
I guess the reason is because people hunted them so much in my youth that they killed them all out. You never saw them back then, on the road or in the woods. Now I see them all the time when I'm out on the country roads. There was even a bear in town a few months ago and I saw in the paper where there were coyotes on a mans farm and had killed some of his livestock. I wonder what will be next?
Could this be another sign of the big A?
Here in Vancouver, BC we have had many many sightings/tranquilizings/shootings/deaths of black bears, for whatever reason.
Sad, due to left out garbage, but, nonetheless, they are coming into our territory:(
There's mountain lion tracks less than a mile from my home. And I live in the suburbs.
Leolaia close to a Leo...lol
Ken, I think the problem lies here in the Piedmont. There is always building going on. New subdivisions being built and in order to do this they are destroying the natural habitat of the animals here and they are moving to where it is better for them. It's sad really.
This is a common problem cropping up in suburban areas: normally frightened of humans wild species are appearing on our streets in our neighborhoods. A lot of it has to do with our encroachment on their natural hunting territories, and they are, therefore, learning to come into places they mostly would avoid to search for food. Another big problem is that they are learning that they don't have to be so afraid of us.
Big problem in the Colorado mountains around Boulder: wild puma coming into suburban areas and attacking people. I feel sorry for these poor, confused creatures!
We haven't had deer around here for about 10 years because of the hunting, and I live in the Boondocks. But the nearest city was having so much trouble with deer going into their neighborhoods and eating the gardens that they are sending them all out here! I have my own zoo to feed, but I guess the deer are welcome to whatever weeds they want! hehehh
Rural Territory Girl
The issue about the mountain lions is somewhat of a minor controversy here. One lion prowled around in the daytime near a kindergarten and a middle school and the police came and shot it dead even though it wasn't posing an immediate danger. If I remember correctly I think it was in a tree. One neighbor made a statue of the lion in her front yard to commemorate the lion while another resident didn't like the fact that the statue lion had a chain around its neck that tied it to the tree -- somehow domesticating a wild animal. What amazes me is why they are coming here, near the shore, when we are a good number of miles from the hills. Does this mean that the animals make their way unseen through all the other towns that lie between us and the hills? I guess it happens by walking down the creek ditches that run down from the hills and which in our modern cement neighborhoods run below street level.
Could this be another sign of the big A?
I assume that's tongue in cheek; I don't really see how re-population caused by;
population recovery from remnant stock no longer so hunted
population recovery due to recolonisation from areas with surplus populations
population recovery due to animals displaced from elsewhere repopulating the area
Can have anything to do with a Biblical metaphor...
We also have to consider adaptation. When I was young magpies and foxes were unknown in most suberbs and inner cities.
Now magpies have colonised inner cities and foxes are a suburban 'pest' in many areas, some are even founf in inner cities.
The ones that can handle close proximity with man have babies, and their babies are more likely to handle close proximity to man.
Same as it ever was...(replacing man with some other variable effecting survival).
There was a fox sitting on my wheelie bin the other night and my mate the Robin followed me in from the garden to pinch something from the cats bowl. Armageddon is coming for sure, I could see it in the flame red feathers of that evil Robin and the Fox's tail..........
The return is not in just populated areas, but they are returning to the wooded areas out in the country. I have been driving out in the rural areas recently and enjoying the scenery and didn't realize how much of our state is not populated. When you just drive on the main roads you never see these areas. I just take a road and drive to see where it goes and I have seen so many places that I didn't know existed, not towns or communites, but farms and sometimes an old house off the road, and old grave yard or just miles of hills and beautiful country. I wonder who owns all this land? A lot of people must own thousands of acres. You hardly see any cars out on these roads. I love it out there.