As some of you know I ive in a NYC bedroom community, 14,000 people packed into a borough of 2.7 sq. miles.
It's not a place where one would expect much wildlife. But it's getting tough to find places to hunt in NJ -- not because hunting is generally outlawed, but because houses are everywhere, and there aren't many places to shoot. The animals are taking over and they'll kick your ass if you give them a hard time.
So having a black bear stuck in a tree in the middle of town this past summer was worth coverage on major TV networks. Coyotes have been seen right over the town lines. Deer run panicked through my back yard. And yesterday five wild turkeys invaded the school yard where my wife teaches.
Not having seen wild turkeys before, or knowing anything about them, the administration reacted as we've come to expect when school administrators don't have a clue: they kept the kids in from recess. I don't think they had to hide under their desks. d8-)
I offered to come take care of the turkeys, and to bring recipes, but they didn't take me up on it.
Next up, mountain lions, which probably roar with a New York accent...