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Wildlife encroachment on suburbia(11 posts)

Wildlife encroachment on suburbiaAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 9, 2004 8:43 AM
The mountain lion story got me thinking about all the first time wildlife sightings I've had recently. I've lived in Evanston for about 22 of my 29 years. I saw my first coyote here two years ago, my first fox three years ago, and my frist mink just recently.

Fox sightings are now very regular. I see a particular coyote on our public golf course frequently enough that I think he/she has made that its home turf. The mink was at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I know river otter are back in the Des Plaines but I haven't seen one yet.

Are other people experiencing this as well? I know folks in rural New Jersey are getting black bears in big numbers. Anybody in the upper Midwest hearing wolves?

I know it's a symptom of development in previously wild or farmed areas, but it's still a heck of a thrill to see a coyote.

Check it out...Chicago_Steve
Jan 9, 2004 8:53 AM
Curious about wolves? Check out this link about a WI wolf traveling down to IN...

I've see coyotes in Deer Grove FP in Palatine and in LaBaugh Woods FP in Chicago (Foster & I-94). Deer are also everywhere. Recently there was one running along Pulaski and Bryn Mawr caught in traffic. I think he probably lives in the North Park Nature Preserve.

What's more disturbing are some of the large rats I've seen in the city commuting to work. Damn! They're everywhere...
Jan 9, 2004 11:59 AM
> What's more disturbing are some of the large rats I've seen in the city commuting to work.

Do they drive, or take the bus?
Jan 9, 2004 12:47 PM
Good catch on my poor typing... Sometimes the thoughts don't translate into text too well...
pretty sure youve got that backwards..blackhat
Jan 9, 2004 9:02 AM
but yeah, its a hoot to see coyotes and foxes. there was a mountain lion near one of the trails I used to hit regularly but, of course, the local constibulary gunned it down. I still get excited when I get to race a herd of deer. beats outrunning neighborhood labs and retrievers anyday.
Well, the animals were there first, they are adapting...Spunout
Jan 9, 2004 10:14 AM
Too bad about the MTBer and the mountain lion.

I guess it is the shepherd's problem solved: Sacrifice the weakest to cull the herd, pay the dues. The rest will get along just fine.

I think I made myself misunderstood.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 9, 2004 10:19 AM
I'm aware that coyotes are turning up in the 'burbs because their environment is being turned to housing, office parks, etc. I said as much in my post.

I'm curious to see how well they're adapting in my area, which has been developed for a century and a half, and where they have been absent for as long.

Jan 9, 2004 2:37 PM
here in the west, ranchers and the gov't have been trying to get rid of the varmints for over a century (as they have already extirpated wolves). I heard a distinguished wildlife biologist give his take on coyotes a couple of years ago. It is truly the survival of the fittest as coyotes have now expanded their range (I don't recall that they were east of the Rockies, historically) and numbers all across the country. The biologist's take was that the smarter coyotes learned to ignore the traps and poisoned meat and passed that knowledge to their youngsters. Each succeeding generation learned how to survive the new challenges that faced them, with the stupid ones being knocked off. We've succeeded in creating really smart coyotes. As humans have further encroached into once wild areas, the critters, for the most part, learn to adapt to the new environment. Cats, for instance, are a nice tasty morsel for a coyote. And bears learn which day is garbage day.

Living where I do, Park City, Utah, I still enjoy seeing the coyotes, fox, moose, elk and deer that are prevalent in our area. Always fun watching a moose on the ski run coming into town!
re: Wildlife encroachment on suburbiaSpaceCowboy
Jan 9, 2004 10:55 AM
Hey Alex,
I've come across just about everything the States of Illinois and Wisconsin has to offer, but last spring while riding around the McHenry Community College area I had the good fortune to come across (not in front of us on the road ) a fenced in area that contained of all things Elephants........Yes, about two dozen or so....Couldn't believe me eyes....wish I had a disposable camera to prove to everyone I wasn't insane.....Funny what you see when you're out in the country so to speak....
Elephants in suburban Chicago?...roadkiller
Jan 9, 2004 6:10 PM
And ummm...what color were the elephants?

lol, any explanation who or what organization they belonged to?

Ummm, and how long have you been seeing these elephants? Do they talk to you?:)
fox, wild turkey, beaver, bald eagle, darn deer.. bearcyclopathic
Jan 11, 2004 7:21 AM
saw bear on Skyline drive, so doesn't really count as suburbia. But fox and turkey regularly in the middle of the Washington DC, alone with bald eagles alone Potomac, pheasant, vouchers, etc. Geese are really annoying (poop all over the trail). Saw a beaver on occasion, alive and squished under wheels. Should mention opossums, raccoons, porcupine.. It is amazing how resilient wild life is!