The Mid-west and Eastern parts of the United States is widely known across the country for its farms, crops, race cars, and football, but this region actually has a lot more to offer. With each season, homeowners witness magnificent changes in the beautiful flora and fauna in their surrounding environments, a characteristic commonly overlooked in our towns.
The fall and winter seasons bring new color and snow, and animals that are covered in fur. Then the spring and summer rolls in, bringing out the sun and hibernating animals from their dens. The animals here in these regions are fascinating and fun to learn about. Let’s briefly discuss the most common forest wildlife spotted among residential communities, and how they live.
Squirrels are recognized in the medium-sized rodent category. They are slender-bodied animals, covered in a thick fur. They have a long bushy tail, great vision, and strong claws for climbing and grasping their food. They make their homes in trees where they nest their young as well. They typically feed on foods rich in protein and fat, such as: nuts, seeds, tree buds, small insects, conifer cones, fruits, and fungi. They are widely seen in forests and woods, as well as, residential and urban areas.
Raccoons are a medium-sized mammal often seen in areas with mixed deciduous trees. They have black stripes on their long tails, and their bodies are covered in a dense and coarse fur. This fur allows them to survive in harsh weather conditions, by staying cool in the hot seasons and warm in the cold ones.
One signature trait raccoons share is a mask-like black patch over their eyes, making them look like bandits. This, along with their mischievous behavior in residential areas, has coined them the nickname, “bandits”. Although mischievous, they are very intelligent and have dexterous hands that allow easy gripping and climbing; and they create dens for their homes where they breed and feed their offspring.
Deer are seen all over rural areas of the country. They live in forest, woods, meadows, and protected nature parks. There are different species of deer, all similar and not-so-similar to each other. Deer breed and produce offspring called fawns. The female deer is a doe and the males are called bucks. Male deer are characterized the most by their long and powerful antlers.
A doe does not have antlers, and are sometimes lighter in coat color. This allows them to blend better to their natural surroundings and keep out of the sight of predators. Deer are a wonderful and tasty source of meat for many families in North America and around the world.
The wildlife in our country is certainly a wonderful, yet commonly overlooked asset. Animals in the forests and wooded areas should stay protected by respecting their habitats and not over using their resources. There are circumstances when wildlife may lose their way, or be forced into urban and residential areas. In this case, it is important to contact a wildlife removal expert to safely and humanely remove and relocate wild animals from your property.