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Gary’s backyard
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Dear Gary:
You’re always blathering on about your backyard and about all the raccoons, opossums, skunks, hawks, owls, lizards, and who-knows-what-else you claim you’ve seen there. Just what, may I ask, does your backyard look like, anyway??? I’m having trouble believing you actually have all these animals visiting your yard.
Skeptic in Oakland

Dear Skeptic:
Does the above photo answer your question? Last week my wife got lost taking out the garbage. I’m putting together an expedition to go look for her, even as we speak. /Gary
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Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2009
Under: Suburbia, Wildlife, Your backyard | No Comments »

Open season in suburbia

Last week the Boston Globe ran a story by Megan Woolhouse of the Globe staff headlined, "Open Season in Suburbia." It was all about "suburban hunting," where more and more hunters, at least in Mass., are starting to do their hunting closer and closer to home. The story claims that deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife that people like to hunt are now being found in the suburbs.

I can’t argue with that. Seems like I can go for a walk just about anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and within five minutes spot wild turkeys or deer nibbling or pecking away in someone’s front yard.

So what happens when there are no more open spaces left because we’ve covered them all with houses, parking lots and freeways?

Will the California Department of Fish and Game start handing out licenses to hunters so they can hunt deer in our flowerbeds?

Will they issue fishing licenses so fisherpersons can drive down the street trolling in the gutters in front of your house for salmon?

Will hunters be able to buy bird hunting licenses so they can go dove, pheasant, and wild turkey hunting in our backyards?

That’s a little scary.

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2006
Under: Hunting, Suburbia, Wildlife | 3 Comments »