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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Bet you were expecting a sweet little fawn, weren't you!! Came in just before dark a couple nights ago. I'm just happy this one wasn't on the patio!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 11:24 AM
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I have those guys in my woods from time to time too. One of them bent an 8 foot "Shepard's Hook" with a large, sunflower seed filled bird feeder almost to the ground.

Oh - BTW. Sweet fawn? We have those too! They don't destroy the bird feeders.

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Great pics! There is a herd of deer that go through my parent's backyard everynight and one of them always eats seed out of their birdfeeders haha


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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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We have had three black bears trapped within a quarter mile of my house which is actually located less than four blocks from our main square in the boro. They finally tapped the one living in the cemetary closest to my house by using stale donuts after several tries.

I often have quail, Canada Geese and pheasants in my yard at the bird feeder. They like flying over my six foot high board fence and roosting in the lower branches of my Chinese chestnut tree. The parrots in the birdroom at the back of the house enjoy watching the wild birds and the squirrels, 'possums and racoons.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like you've got quite a bit of nature around you too, Laurul. I live right in front of a big woods, so we see a lot here.

The first 4 years we were here we didn't see any bears, but the last few months we've seen several, two in our yard, and more around our area. They say the bear and wolf populations are exploding here. I haven't seen any wolf yet, but I know the DNR is having public meetings about controlling the population. They've been quite destructive as the numbers increase. Alot of lost livestock, especially north of us.

I don't much care for the bear and wolf, or the fox and coyote either. I much prefer the deer we get, and all the bird life around us, though we did choose not to put the bird feeders back out after having the big bear on the patio last fall. Honestly, neither of us miss the mess.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 01:39 PM
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Geri, Ive heard lots of reports of bears wandering in farms and residental areas up North. It was a big deal to see bears when I lived in Jackson Hole. I could watch them for hours with my binoculars. But I stayed in my SUV.

That fawn is prescious! I wonder where its mom was! You really do live in the "Big House in the Little Woods". You are so fortunate.

If there were more wolves you wouldnt be having the bear problem your experiencing. The 53 gray wolves reintroduced in the West have created such a crisis with the ranchers. (im all for the reintroduction) They have been such a possitive for the enviromental system esp in Yellowstone NP.
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When I first moved to Mechanicsburg in 1985 the little boro was surrounded by farms and isolated patches of forrest. But gradually most of those farms were sold for housing tracts and mainly now the boro is surrounded by miriad named housing project with big, big (starting at 250 thousand dollars) houses. Mechanicsburg was forced to expand their school district and built brand new elementary, middle and high schools. So the wild areas are gone now and just a few wood tracts are left. Luckily Mechanicsburg is close to the mountains that enclose the Cumberland Valley which runs toward the Cumberland Gap down in Maryland. So the wildlife is holding on in the valley and the mountains are still undeveloped. Mechanicsburg is a nice place to live and remains a small boro and the townships around Mechanicsburg are growing very quickly.

I miss the farms and the area as it was when I arrived, but one cannot stop population growth. Our area is expanding rapidly.
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I do so miss living in the country and seeing those sights!
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I tell Dave all the time, the day the fields across the road, and to our left, turn into anything other than farmland.........we are putting the house up for sale, and moving! The corner field came up for sale a couple years ago, and I got a bit nervous, but it was snapped up by a farmer, so it ended well. The 15 acres next to us, we came close to buying, but the guy is being a jerk, and changed the offer once he knew we were interested. We won't do business with him until he is ready to deal, and act civilized about it. The day more houses move in is coming, and it will change everything, I don't want to be here if that happens.
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Geri you live in a little bit of heaven!
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