Wildlife in Monroe NY 10950

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

From time to time I think how amazing it is how well wildlife has acclimated itself to the human environment (which used to belong to the wild).  In an area of homes and cars and people and noise, there is still plenty of room for wildlife.


At some point this year, in Monroe NY, I have personally seen the following wildlife:


Fox: I think it was just the one, but the fox showed up in different areas around our neighborhood. It was much thinner and more bedraggled than I thought one would be (probably in need of food), but sure enough it was a fox.


Black Bear:  About once a year we would see a bear somewhere in the Monroe NY area, and last year a lone bear ran through the side of our property never to be seen again.  This year, a large black bear and four cubs wandered onto the edge of our property, then waddled back into the road to smell something and then raced into the brush on the other side of the road.  We didn't see them again, but I was talking to neighbors last night and they said a mom and three cubs were on their property within the last few days. I bet one of the cubs didn't make it.  The cubs looked quite cuddly.


Deer:  There are so many deer in the area, they must have condos in the woods.  Deer are everywhere. This morning when I went for my jog, a 4 pointer was running parallel to me for a while.  I thought it was pretty cool but a hunter I know was a bit perturbed that the deer are never in the woods when he is.


Woodchuck/Groundhog: There is one big fat woodchuck on our property. We've tried catching him in a have-a-heart trap, and tried blocking him from his favorite spots but we just haven't been able to, so he co-exists with us.  His favorite spot is under the shed, or under the porch.  When we caught a different animal in the trap that was meant for him, he sat on a bunch of logs and watched us. We're not too happy with the woodchuck.


Skunks: Who hasn't caught a whiff of skunk smell from time to time?  While I don't see too many of these in our area, they are definitely around.  That's what we caught in our trap instead of a woodchuck.


Turkey Vultures: I wish I had my camera this morning while getting exercise.  I had to stop to watch this one lone red-headed turkey vulture who was sitting on a dead-looking tree.  He looked spooky and majestic all at the same time.


Other Birds: Vultures stand out because they are so unique, but we have all the other birds you would expect: woodpeckers, wrens, chickadees, robins, sparrows, and a ton more.  Oh, and bats.


Squirrels/Chipmunks:  These are everywhere, but that's the same with most of the country.  Any walk down any street or trail and squirrels and chipmunks will be plentiful.


Rabbits:  My favorite of all since they just look so adorable. Fluffy little bunnies are quite common on the Heritage Trail in Monroe NY, specifically between the Ponds and the Park & Ride.  There's one spot where I keep an eye out, and invariably I'll see at least one jumping away.  


Mice: Not a favorite, but they do show up as well.  Usually in the garage.


So there you have it!  Life in the Monroe NY area includes not only all the amenities you would expect from an Orange County town, but also includes occasional glimpses of wildlife.  Come see for yourself!



Comments (11)

Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Good morning Kat Palmiotti I enjoyed the tails of all the animals. The only thing now is who is going to remove the skunk?

(And yes I did mean to spell "tails" this way)

Nov 04, 2014 10:37 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ted Glover - Well, that lovely task fell to my son and I and it was quite an adventure.  Luckily the skunk was able to get out without spraying anyone.  Phew!!!

Nov 04, 2014 10:50 PM
Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Florida Realty Investments - Sarasota, FL
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kat: I am sure the deer are of primary concern with the fact that they have lost so much of their habitat and are being forced to live among humans. Thanks for reminding me about the skunks!

Nov 04, 2014 10:57 PM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Kat, you've got quite a mix there of woodland creatures. We had a fox in our neighborhood that barked at all hours of the night - not fun! We've also run into bobcats and coyotes recently, which aren't as common as some of the others you listed.

Nov 04, 2014 11:29 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, most of your wildlife would be nice to see, but those skunks, not so much!  

Nov 05, 2014 11:24 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kat. Living in a rural area as we do, we have all kinds of critters, just like the list you put together.

Nov 05, 2014 06:27 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Norm - The deer do quite a bit of damage to the shrubs/plants, and many of them wind up on the side of the road as a result of a collision.  They're really everywhere - when I saw the buck yesterday I also saw about 6 or 7 females.

Suzanne - Bobcats and coyotes (and bears) are some of the scarier ones.  I wouldn't want to meet them while out on a walk.

Joan - Trying to get that critter out of the cage was quiet challenging.

Joe - Yes, you're not far from me so I bet our lists are very similar.

Nov 05, 2014 06:49 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Ok do tell-how do you get a skunk out of a trap without getting sprayed?

Nov 06, 2014 01:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Marco Giancola - So here's what we did.  First, we waited till the little guy got a bit tired, and then we took a huge blanket and snuck up on the back of the cage and covered the cage with the blanket so he couldn't see what we were doing. We realized that wasn't a great plan though because then we couldn't get to the release, so we had to move it off a bit. Then my son and I managed to use a really long stick to pull up the door while using another to hit the lever (it took many attempts), and we got the door up and went back to the house to watch.  The poor skunk was so traumatized it took about 5 minutes for it to sneak out of the cage.

And luckily, no skunk odor was detected!

Nov 06, 2014 02:25 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Kat-good rescue story. Poor lil critter he must have been so scared. I had a havaheart trap when I lived in central NY as a kid and some creatures wouldn't leave for a half an hour or more.

Nov 06, 2014 05:39 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

The black bears have not come down this far Kat but we have all the other critters that you are talking about here in Westchester county.  And they are definitely stubborn and want to stick around the house-especially the skunks!

Nov 06, 2014 06:31 AM