I expect that there will be some interesting stories around the dinner table tonight; this is the school my daughter goes to and pretty well corresponds to the time when she gets there (it's a short walk from where we live) in a very urban neighbourhood. cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/st... Skunks, racoons, squirrels and even deer are something we see quite frequently, but bear sightings are a once in a blue moon event and usually occurs in the winter when bears cross over the frozen Ottawa River from more rural areas. Is there anyone else out there who lives in a densly populated urban area get these large "visitors" from time to time?
Certainly no bears (and I'm fine with that!) but we sometimes have deer on the lawns at my condo complex.
yeah, they occasionally have one in a subdivision around here sometimes, plenty of them in the woods I have seen several in the Ocala forest, one momma bear with cubs walked right in front of us across the road last time we picked our son up from summer camp there, it was not a small one either
Miami has recently had Coyotes living in one of it's most populated areas - 8th Street/Calle Ocho. We've had black bears wonder in from the Everglades as far into as Miami Dade County and Broward county.
Took a photo of a bear during Thanksgiving dinner last time I was home, but that's a rare sight. And it is not densely populated, if most would even call ~8000 populated. But I do recall years ago when I was living in Chicago that a deer was down on Michigan Ave downtown and needless to say, he didn't belong down there.
In Lexington, MA, our neighbors had a moose stuck in their pool once. It's not exactly urban, but that whole area is much more densely populated than where you'd expect to find moose. I used to live about 15 minutes from downtown Binghamton, NY (~50,000 people), and used to get bears in the yard frequently enough to have to secure the trash.
I live in the heart of civilized suburbia - the integrated circuit was invented just a few miles from here - so seeing large critters would be a surprise...well, surprise! See "Texas Coyotes in Suburbia" - Richardson Travelogue by mccalpin Bill
we have enough trouble with our alligators which pop up everywhere throughout our city! Recently, Ed and I had a 10+ footer hanging out behind our dock where kids and dogs swim. It was finally trapped by a local and I hear it tasted yummy!
We have many bears here in Kodiak. The Kodiak Brown is the largest bear in the world. One tends to keep talking when out walking to avoid surprising them. Black bears are so small and friendly in comparison :)
Kanata! I have seen the local beaver busy there, but a bear ... wow! PJ
No, we are lucky that we only get the occassional wandering herds of camels in our front garden. Martin
What do you put on your BBQ to attrack camels? PJ
We get a fair amount of wild life in the cities around here. A couple of weeks ago a bear cub was tranquilized in Billings in a tree. They regularly get mountain lions up in the heights that have come down out of the mountains. In Kallispell a month or so ago there was a wolf show up at the school grounds. Not happy about that one, because most in Montana did not want the wolf re-introduced into the state. Helena gets herds of elk on a regular basis. Deer are common all over. It is estimated that there are about 5 deer for every person in this state, so it is to be expected.
I have in the past had deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, skunks, oppossums, cougars and coyote wander past the house. As long as they kept their distance from the house I enjoy watching them. I did have a full grown moose walk into the yard in NH one time and proceed to stare into the living room picture window. Thought the beast planed to invite himself in.
We had a huge cotton mouth swimming in our canal yesterday. Neighbors are on the hunt for it as it can seriously kill a pet or worse, a small child
What do you put on your BBQ to attrack camels? PJ Shalom PJ, we put the sheep that eat all the camels food in the desert, so the camels come to gloat. Martin