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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:04 AM #1
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wildlife expanding

Anyone else been noticing an increase in fox/other wildlife in their neighborhoods?

I heard of a coyote attack in aero acres/middle river a few weeks ago, and have personally seen a lot more fox than normal lately.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:06 AM #2
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A symptom over over development. They have nowhere to go but where we are.
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Much like the whitetail that actually increase in numbers when you provide them lots of nice suburban edge-type foliage to munch on, critters like foxes and raccoons are very adaptable and thrive in suburbia. More trash cans, more mice to eat, more rabbits munching on fertilized grass and gardens, more people feeding birds and squirrels. Personally, I love seeing our local fox tribe hunting the neighborhood every night. They're very familiar, and I know each of them individually on sight once they mature a bit. The owls love hunting suburban wildlife, too.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:27 AM #4
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Mostly just an increase in random Bald Eagle sightings, and now some Red Shouldered Hawks in the yard.

Maybe now some of the squirrels might find a new 'home'.
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Been happening for about 20 years now. Increase in suburban areas means decrease in land that can be hunted. Prey animals thrive and attract the predators. As the developments went up in my area, the hunting got a whole lot better on my property.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:43 AM #6
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I swear to a deity that there were at least TWENTY deer a couple of nights ago crossing from one small wooded area to another; in close proximity to my home. And I'n NOT out in the country.

I've never seen so many deer near here, since I've lived here. I wish I could hunt them down. Too many animal lovers living around me though.
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I seen deer on a band-aid sized lot , it really is bad , all the land being developed around our work . A few months ago my brother freed a fawn stuck between our two gates , it was caught by the head my brother unlocked the gate and it ran and jumped over the fence .
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I haven't seen it myself, but neighbors have spotted a bald eagle in our neighborhood. I can't wait to see it firsthand.

For reference, when I was in elementary school (late 60's early 70's), bald eagles were almost extinct in the lower 48 states.
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Old December 11th, 2019, 11:45 AM #9
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I don't know if it's an indicator of increased population but I have seen more road kill raccoons in the last 2 or 3 years than I have ever seen.
All over town, I live in Harford County, work in Howard County, and spend a lot of time in the Hagerstown area
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I think its hard to say. Some years food is plentiful and the wildlife hardly move, they dont need to. This year the deer are moving a lot. I dont really think that there are more (some years I have seen many many more), I simply think that the same deer are moving more.
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