My friend Rodger Hartwell pointed out that in his neck of the woods, they are noticing mountain lions eating wild turkeys — something they have not seen before.
So I might suppose the same thing might be happening in the hills around Rossmoor in Walnut Creek (where there are a LOT of wild turkeys! /Gary). Rodger had been wondering what was going to come of the increasing wild turkey population. One predator has now stepped up.
Rodger also pointed out that nothing was eating Mitten crabs, and it looked like a disaster with these imported exotics until wild herons started feeding on them. And then other creatures joined in so they are not the problem people originally thought they would be as their numbers are down because of this predation.
So we’ll see who else wants to eat wild turkey. Even though we mess with nature too much, somehow, eventually nature balances things out.
Don’t worry about all the urban crows as they are likely to go the way of the European starlings with a population crash.
Brian in Walnut Creek, CA
Yes, the crows and other wild Corvids (jays and ravens) are VERY sensitive to the West Nile virus and that may be what slows them down. Good old Mother Nature, she always seems to figure out a way to keep things balanced, no matter how hard we humans try to keep things screwed up.
ON ANOTHER NOTE:
I’m off, taking a week’s break from writing columns and blogs. I’ll be back here in this very same spot, typing away with something new and interesting (I hope!) on Monday, May 5.
Until then … see you! /Gary