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Is There Wildlife in Your Backyard Ecosystem?

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005 at 1:21 pm in Animals, Ecosystem, Raccoons, wild birds, wild turkeys, Wildlife, Yard.

Do you have wild creatures (birds, opossums, skunks, raccoons, wild turkeys, etc.) prowling around or living in your backyard? Sure you do. That’s why I’m writing this.

Please grab your cameras, take pictures of your wild visitors and send them to me. I’m writing a front page story about your wild neighbors for a Sunday early next year (not far away) and would like to use your photographs to illustrate it. Wouldn’t that be fun? It will also be more natural.

I know a lot of you are already taking these kinds of pictures because you often send them to me. So now we need to get serious about it. I’ll explain more about my plans, including deadlines and the publication date, as I figure them out.

Start shooting away now and post your photos in our Contra Costa Times Pets & Wildlife reader photoblog at You may post your photos anonymously. However, if you’d like us to consider using your shots in my story, please either register and login before submitting your photos or, if you do post anonymously, send me a separate e-mail ( to let me know which image you’ve submitted. If you don’t do e-mail, mail your photos to: Gary Bogue, c/o The Times, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Be sure and hold onto an original digital or film copy of any photos you submit. Thanks!

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6 Responses to “Is There Wildlife in Your Backyard Ecosystem?”

  1. Lyrinda Says:

    I am sending you photos of wildlife inmy backyard since this Comment box does not seem to facilitate attachments.

    – Lyrinda Snyderman

  2. Mary Anna Jansen Says:

    The backyard wildlife pictures were wonderful on the first page of the CC Times. A surprise and refreshing. Mary Anna Jansen

  3. Andy Amoroso Says:

    I’m looking for a way to keep squirrels off my roof (especially at the crack of dawn). I have a feeling you’ve addressed this before before I was unable to find anything pertinent in your archives. We’re unable to cut the trees back far enough to keep them from jumping on and the fact that we live in a tounhouse (connected to four others) makes it even more difficult to keep them off. It appears that the only way to go is a motion detector/ultrasonic soundwave unit. I’ve seen a few options on the internet but was hoping you may have a suggestion or two….
    Andy Amoroso

  4. Tillaque Says:

    Thanks for all of the info. It really helps!! You need more info. on water, please!!:) Thanks so very much!!


  5. Ginger Wolf Says:

    Enjoy your column. My neighbor(no email) has a fox visiting his yard and eating the feral cat(fixed)food. The fox is limpimg and his back elbow(?) is swollen. Any suggestions to help this little guy? We are in the Oakland hills. Thanks

  6. Gary Bogue Says:

    Ginger: There’s not much you can do with a wild fox. It may have been bit by a car while crossing the road. Best thing to do is let it heal on its own. Trying to catch and treat a wild fox can end up causing it more injury. Anyway, you can give the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek a call at 925-935-1978. Ask to speak to the Wildlife Hospital and see what they recommend. Thanks for caring. /Gary

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