Wildlife Encounters Up On The Mountain


| 1/30/2015 11:53:00 AM


Tags: Virginia, Wildlife, Backyard Chickens, Shenandoah National Park, Black Bears, Bobcats, DIY, Chicken Coops, Predators, Benjamin Baer,

Benjamin BaerI know I’ve pointed it out many times, but we live in the sticks, up on a mountain; so, when it comes to wildlife, we have plenty, and quite the variety. Which is great; we love seeing wildlife in our backyard. It’s exciting, and I can’t wait to point it out to my daughter when she gets older. We have seen turkeys, snakes, more whitetail deer than we can count, a few bears and quite a few foxes … some of the foxes have been quite large, large enough that it’s made me nervous about putting our smallest dog, Brownford, outside. I don’t worry too much, because he’s always alongside our 70-pound Labrador, and I figure he’s probably enough to deter a fox from approaching. Still, if they’re hungry enough, they’ll try just about anything, so it's definitely something to keep an eye on. 

Brownford 

Brownford, still for the moment.

This past week has been especially exciting. In addition to the typical repertoire of wildlife sightings, we have seen a bobcat and another black bear. The bobcat was particularly interesting.

Now, plenty of you, I’m sure, are wondering, ‘what’s the big deal? It’s a bobcat!’ Well, I was stoked! First off, I had never seen one before, and like I said, we love seeing wildlife, so seeing something for the first time is always exciting. But, there’s also kinda a debate in our area over whether they actually reside around here.

MulberryAcresFarm
2/3/2015 11:25:36 AM

Loved your blog! I grew up in W VA so know all about the predators in the area. We have only coyotes and fox here in central Indiana but are considering moving back to the mountains or Eastern KY. If we do we will have to give serious consideration to protecting our livestock and pets from mountain lions and bears! Best wishes for protecting your flock!


NebraskaDave
2/1/2015 11:47:02 AM

Benjamin, whoa, I thought I had it rough to keep deer out of my garden but bears and Bobcats? A bear can pretty much go any where it wants. I'd be more afraid of the Bobcat getting little Brownford than a fox. Foxes are sneaky and use the stealth of the night to find their prey but a bear has no need to be sneaky or stealthy. ***** A few years ago we had sightings of a Bobcat in our city but the authorities scoffed it off as just a big house cat that people were blowing out of proportion until some one shot it and dumped it on the steps of the police station. Surprise surprise. As civilization moves ever outward from the cities and takes over wild critter territory, they have to adapt and learn to survive in populated areas. It's not their fault. It's ours. I try to cohabitate with my wild life friends at Terra Nova Gardens, my vacant lot gardening project. After all, I did invade their territory. ***** Have a great protecting your chickens day.


Pamela
1/31/2015 11:14:28 AM

Enjoyed your blog! Sounds like you're living my dream. What I wouldn't give to escape into the mountains! Maybe someday. Until then, I'll have to make do with my little acre!





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