Can bells make a difference?

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When living in areas where there are wild animals, can you be casual?

Where I live in New Mexico, since arriving 9 years ago these are a few of the events:

Mountain lion runs into the downtown glass door of the Santa Fe shop

Mountain lion hangs out in the residential area, comfortable to be close to residents

Bobcat picks off local pets for dinner

Mule deer drinks from fountain outside 'our' back door (this was mine)

Kit fox eats spill from bird feeder

Coyote picks off pet cat

Bobcat eats kill on portal (porch)

My friend Marcie, a runs through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos.  She wears bells to alert the wild creatures of her arrival, to cause them to depart. 

They are more comfortable. So is she.

Comments (3)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Of course, the wild animals only venture into civilization when their natural habitat is infringed upon by human expansion. 

They were there first and are just visiting "the old place".


Jan 28, 2011 10:51 PM
Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

Great idea! I think we should live in harmony with the other creatures and the easiest way is noise. Unless they are naturally aggressive, noise will send them scurrying.

Jan 28, 2011 11:02 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


We have Bobcats within the city limits of Fort Towson and deer roaming around in Idabel city limits.  No nosie seems to bother them.. In the wild, I can see that it might make a difference.. :)

Jan 29, 2011 09:49 AM