Crowd Control: Putting Up Fences to Keep Out Nature

I have noticed an alarming increase of wild animals in my neighborhood. I say alarming because I had a bear peer at me through my ground floor bedroom window a few mornings ago. Even deer, coyote and fox run through my yard, which is uncommon in the small city I live in, where squirrels and skunks have reigned as long as I remember. Have the surrounding woods become overcrowded that these anomalies need to venture to town for room and board? Is there a chance I may come home from work some night to find them occupying my house?

The cartoonist in me finds this humorous. I come home to a deer sitting in my La-Z-Boy, reading my paper. He glances over his reading glasses at me and says “Hey, how was your day?”

And you just know papa bear is in the next room, sleeping in my bed!

Recently, a neighbor showed me pictures of her petting a baby deer. It had wandered into her yard, lost. She fed it apples and sent it on its way. The deer has been back every day since. So far, it hasn’t brought along any friends.

A friend blames it on the decreasing number of hunters. Another friend blames it on the increasing number of bird feeders in town. Both may be right, but I think an animal would need to be starving to take to bird seed. Whichever the case, Animal Control has been busy downtown, and neighbors are busy erecting fences this summer. And I’ve been closing my bedroom windows at night, just in case papa bear wants my bed.

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Steven Leo Campbell

I am an artist and indie-author. I draw and paint wildlife, draw cartoons, and write mostly paranormal fiction featuring Vree Erickson and a strange Pennsylvania town called Ridgewood.

12 thoughts on “Crowd Control: Putting Up Fences to Keep Out Nature

        1. My mother-in-law is from Jamestown, so she taught me a lot about the wonderful places there. Also, I worked in restaurant management there and in Lakewood during the 1990s. My favorite place is the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History – I enjoy learning about wildlife and looking at wildlife art. 🙂

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  1. We don’t have exotic animals like bear and coyote here in Ireland so I am a little envious. Though in saying that, the foxes and badgers cause enough damage. Both have wiped out my chicken flock on separate occasions. So …..yeah….. maybe bears are not so cuddly….. and skunks, I can definitely live without… 🙂

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