by, 07-04-2012 at 11:38 PM (91 Views)
I live in the suburbs. It was sort of an older group of houses that was not way, way out, but the development that has occurred since has been rather sparse, but extends quite a ways out. There is a railroad line within 50 yards of my house, and a swamp and a meadow between my property and the tracks. What I am getting at in a very round about way is that while I live in the suburbs, there are little strips of wilderness around such that critters can hide and roam. Eagles are not rare. Racoons are fairly common, though not as common as rabbits, woodchucks, and gophers.
Today I was out watching birds. There was quite a cacaphony of crows, and I walked back to see if there might be a sighting of crows driving away a hawk or an owl. I did see a few crows who were part of the action, but I did not see a bird of prey as I had expected. However, this took me out to the middle of my back yard, and I was surprised to see, in a move totally unrelated to the crow action above, a coyote came out of my woodshed and sauntered across the meadow to take his journey down the railroad tracks. I checked on the web and the DNR says to run them off to avoid having them become used to being around people. So, tomorrow stands to be quite interesting, I suppose. HOw to run a predator out of your woodshed without becoming lunch.
I am not allowed to fire a gun in the city. It might happen, however. At least it might be available as back up. Rather be caught with it than without it, as it was said.