Watch out for wild animals in our neighborhood and surrounding area!
Our Warwick Estates neighborhood is still close to a lot of undeveloped area that have many types of wildlife. That means that, on occassion, we are going to have wild animals in our neighborhood. You will notice a common thread in the info below. Putting pet food outside encourages animals to come around. Please do not put pet food outside unless in a secured area or for a short amount of time. Thanks!
DEER—In December I saw, at 5:30am, 2 deer crossing Greenwick just south of 122nd. They went west on Winfield to the vacant lots. We watched each other for a while and then they headed into our greenbelt. I haven’t seen deer for several years actually in our neighborhood. They were beautiful, but can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if you don’t see them crossing a road in front of you. (I second this word of caution. I work in the insurance industry, and there are more deer-related accidents in November and December than any other time of year— they can kill you—so be careful!—Kevin Lowe, your web-dude.)
COYOTES—We’ve had a report of coyotes actually in our neighborhood. This came from a reliable source that knows the difference between dogs and coyotes. Coyotes in our neighborhood and surrounding area is not very surprising considering coyotes have adjusted very well to suburban life throughout the United States. So you might be careful about letting your pets out at night in unsecured areas.
SKUNKS—They are always around stinking up our neighborhood and every other neighborhood in the city, including the very urban areas. They are omnivorous, and love to dig holes in our lawns looking for grubs. There must be a lot around my home as we have lots of new holes in the lawn every morning. Putting pet food outside encourages them to come around. Since they are omnivorous, they eat everything.
OPPOSSUMS—They, also, are always around. Not near as pretty as skunks, but they don’t stink up everything. They, also, are omnivorous and can get into your attic. Putting pet food outside encourages them to come around.
SQUIRRELS—They will get into your house attic, so check your eaves, etc., every so often to make sure they haven’t started chewing their way in. Putting pet food outside encourages them to come around.
MICE—They’re always around. Putting pet food outside encourages them to come around.
RACCOONS—I haven’t seen any raccoons for quite some time, but I imagine that we do have them. They, also, are omnivorous and can get into your attic. Putting pet food outside encourages them to come around.
GEESE—They are prettty, fun to watch, and a huge nuisance! They poop everywhere, especially around our lake. Sometimes, it’s hard to walk without stepping in it. PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T FEED THE GEESE. Feeding the geese encourage them to stay around and keep on pooping! They can also become aggressive and chase our kids and grandkids. Again, putting pet food outside encourages them to come around.
DUCKS – Pretty and even more fun to watch. They are nexting right now, May-June, so be careful you don’t disturb them. A couple of years ago we had one nesting in our front yard near the door. After sitting on the nest for what seemed like months, actually weeks, she hatched 10 ducklings. They were gone down to the creek the same day and gone quickly.