There are people in our neighborhood that say there is no wildlife around any longer because our dogs have chased everything away. In response, I would like to share just a few photos of wildlife I have photographed around our house. Most of these photos were taken in our front yard!
We purchase 80 POUNDS of black oil sunflower seeds per month! That’s more food than our dogs eat. In addition, we feed suet to the birds that frequent our yard. I spoke to the biggest complainer of our dogs, here are some of his responses….
“All the animals are in your yard because your dogs chase them there.”
“Our children don’t even want to come to the cabin any more because there is no wildlife.”
“Ever since you moved here, the wildlife has dissappeared.”
I frequently observe: 10-15 different bird species, squirrel, chipmunk, turkey, moose, deer, raccoon, skunk, fox, snake, turtle, mice, mole, and coyote.
There were so many moose in our area, DWR had to remove 20 moose and relocate them to Colorado (SEE STORY HERE)
Here’s a little excerpt from the article:
OGDEN — Moose thrive in the mountains east of Ogden. In fact, the moose do so well in the Ogden Canyon area that the foothills have gotten a little crowded. And for some of the more adventurous moose, the lure of additional food and a little legroom down in the valley is just too much to resist.
“A moose at 36th and Harrison isn’t a happy situation for traffic,” said Phil Douglass, the northern regional outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “We have so many moose, they’ve spilled over into residential areas.”
Last winter, Division of Wildlife personnel responded to about 60 calls from home-owners complaining about moose in the city. So this year, instead of waiting for moose to make trouble for motorists, homeowners and the DWR itself, division personnel decided to send about 20 moose packing to Colorado. That is, after they took the half-ton beasts on a short helicopter ride.
On Jan. 6 and 7, biologists and wildlife personnel from Utah and Colorado used a private helicopter company to pluck moose from the Ogden foothills and deliver them to trailers at Anderson Cove. There the moose were given a quick physical and a new monitoring band and loaded into trailers for the drive to Colorado, which actually has a bit of a moose shortage.