Urban Animals

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

As I was leaving our office today, I looked across the street and spotted three mule deer contentedly grazing on the lawn at Woodward Corporation's facility, unconcerned about the traffic on a major thoroughfare a few feet away or the couple waiting for the bus nearby.

 

We're likely to spot deer, fox, coyote, the occasional elk, and even bear in our neighborhoods. A client of ours, who is the head of the wildlife biology department at CSU, told us that a bear tagging study they did tracked bear in every neighborhood in town - they come in at night and wander around looking for something tasty to eat.

 

And a couple of years ago, a mountain lion and her cub casually sauntered through our own neighborhood in the middle of the day - that's why I always get the dogs to help me take out the garbage at night.

 

It's interesting that, with the occasional exception of the coyotes, there have been remarkably few problem interactions in the area. It's nice that we can all get along.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

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Joe Pryor
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Compared to some clients I think I prefer the urban animals.

Dec 29, 2016 03:27 PM #1
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It is good that you all get along, sadly it will take only one fool to change that.

Dec 29, 2016 04:17 PM #2
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A good reminder that, regardless of how civilized humans may be, we are all part of nature.  

Dec 29, 2016 04:29 PM #3
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We see wildlife all the time as well, Dick Greenberg  . Once my son left the door from the house to the garage open and a family of raccoons got in. Quite an experience!

Dec 29, 2016 04:43 PM #4
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There is nothing quite like the unexpected visits of urban wildlife to brighten a day, Dick.  However, the skunks can stay away!

Dec 29, 2016 04:45 PM #5
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Dick, the DC neighborhoods that abut Rock Creek Park, including the one where I live, are seeing a lot more wildlife walking the streets.  There is a rather large fox population, which are preferable to huge numbers of raccoons.  We haven’t heard of any bear sitings.  And once in a while, there will be an escapee from the National Zoo that winds up in someone’s back yard or garage. It’s fun to live near lots of furry guys.  

Dec 29, 2016 05:19 PM #6
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Dick that is a site most people do not get to see.  You are lucky to live in an area where scenes like that are normal.

Dec 29, 2016 06:07 PM #7
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The deer are ok, but the cats and bears need wide leeway

Dec 29, 2016 06:41 PM #8
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Dick I agree it is nice that overall you can get along with nature, after all humans moved into their space so it is kind of them to tolerate the intruders:))Endre

Dec 29, 2016 06:53 PM #9
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Dick- bear, huh!  Interesting tracking study.  I do remember being dragged by my blind Brittany, Lucky, out our front door in Leesburg, VA at 3 am. Talk about a deer caught in headlights look...there was a deer nibbling away at my newly planted flowers.  

Dec 29, 2016 07:07 PM #10
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That is really cool Dick. We have our fair share of critters being right next to the lake front of Lake Michigan. Margie saw a pack of three coyotes and asked me why so many doges were howling and running off on their own. I had to laugh but not make her look, well uneducated.

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My neighbor had a four hour battle with a family of raccoons until she called in pest control. It was all out war Dick Greenberg 

Dec 29, 2016 10:03 PM #12
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Don't know why, Dick... but I always get so excited when I see deer in our area. So nice that you live in an area where you can generally co-exist peacefully with so many different creatures.

Dec 30, 2016 05:51 AM #13
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We recently had a black bear who wandered through our area and from the evidence we found our yard, he was tranquilized and moved further away from the suburban area of Philadelphia. We do see plenty of fox and unfortunately deer, we get raccoons as well. The deer are the most destructive to the flora, especially when the winter is hard they will eat anything. We have many of our trees fenced to protect them.

Dec 30, 2016 08:37 AM #14
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Dick Greenberg  Sometimes I spot a deer lost in the middle of traffic makes me sad .. I am also careful at night when driving down certain roads where deer and other beautiful animals can dart out . Yes I agree it is awesome that we can all live together

Wishing you and Mary a Healthy & Happy New Year

Dec 30, 2016 11:32 AM #15
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I see deer practically daily in my yard.   We have a lot of other smaller guys.  As for the bigger, more dangerous type, I did see a coyote about five years in my back yard as he quickly passed through.  Very thankful I've never seen a bear, though my friend six miles up the road had one in her yard twice this year.

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This time of year especially I have to be very careful of the deer and wildlife when driving at night. Happy New Year to you Dick.

Dec 30, 2016 03:43 PM #17
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Hi Dick --- I don't think I've ever seen a mule deer or would be able to identify one.  There's no shortage of urban animals in our neighborhood too coming from the Arroyo Seco .   

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I sure hope we can continue to allow these wonderful creatures some room to roam. We are continually encroaching on their habitat, so it's important to share. 

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