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    Burbank Deer

    Saw this young guy as I was pulling into the parking lot at the office this afternoon.

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    He was right by the gate to our parking lot, having lunch. (It was about 2:45 PM.) This is about 100 yards from a main street (Glenoaks Blvd.) and about 150 yards from the I-5 freeway. There is about a quarter mile of condos between this spot and the undeveloped area he surely came down from at the top of the hill.

    All of this just a couple miles from Beautiful Downtown Burbank.
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    mmmmmmmm venison!!!

    We have a problem with them in town here also. Worst part is they just wonder right out in the street like they own the place

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    Wonder if the fires are driving them to find new spots...

    Is it my imagination, or is there only one antler on that guy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Wonder if the fires are driving them to find new spots...

    Is it my imagination, or is there only one antler on that guy?
    I've seen them grazing there before, so I don't think it had to do with the fires. This is just the first time I had a camera handy. I think they like the fresh grass in the landscaped areas more than the dry brush up the hill. Lots of critters around here. I've seen coyotes walking up the street through the condos (next to the office) in the middle of the day. The park at the end of the street (also next to the condos) even has signs that say "Danger! Rattlesnakes". It always amazes me when I see the amount of wildlife that lives in the middle of a huge city.

    And you're not seeing things, he's only got the one antler.
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    I had to stop twice on the road the other night in a 1 mile stretch.

    First stop was for some Mule deer and their babies that wanted to cross the road.

    Next a few hundred yards down was the local 8 pack of 'wild' horses that decided to travel down the very well traveled fence lined road for some reason

    When we first moved in, the lady across the street was feeding the wild horses 2 times, and sometimes 3 times a day. There must have been 50 or more of them at one time. That is until one of the neighbors got some of the Indians from the nearby reservation to come in and round them up. There was a lot of drama that weekend, but at least I don't have to shovel up tons of horse manure off my lawn...

    Wild horses are a bit controversial here in Nevada. I've got mixed emotions on them. I like seeing them, but sometimes around highways they can be dangerous, and they also crowd out some of the more native species.

    And then of course we have the coyotes, snakes, and rabbits. And there is something using a pile of sand I have as a bathroom. Must be a cat of some sort, but I've never seen it.

    Ahh, then there are the quail and chukars. Tons of both of them.

    I'm not complaining. I LOVE seeing the wildlife here. It's one of the reasons I moved!
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    While on the way to Phoenix last Friday night, we almost hit a deer standing about 2 feet onto the pavement--and just as a car was coming from the other direction. David slammed on the brakes and fortunately, the deer reversed course and bounded back off to the right side of the highway, out of the path of danger. It took several miles for both of us to get our breathing and heartbeats down to normal.

    I haven't seen any coyotes around our house, although neighbors claim to have seen them. We have a couple of skunks around every summer, who decide to leave their marks at 3:00 a.m.!

    Here's the little guy who was in my front yard the other day.

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    Yep, that's a roadrunner, state bird of New Mexico. I had to snap the picture quickly, as he was wary of the human. I used to have a pair of them living in the cacti in front of my house--one of them would come onto the back patio and peck at the glass door. I see them regularly all over town, especiallly in the office park where I used to work. Their nests/homes are being destroyed with all of the new buildings going up. It's sad--soon we'll see them only in pictures.
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    Roadrunners are very cool. Sorry to see their numbers are declining. I used to see them pretty regularly when I was working at the ABQ airport, and out in the open spaces south of there. (I used to go play in my Jeep on my lunch breaks.)

    When I lived in Albuquerque I never did see or hear a coyote, and I used to spend a lot of time on both the east and west mesas. I think they all moved to LA. You can't swing a cat in my neighborhood without hitting (and feeding) a coyote. They're loud, too. Some nights you can hear the howling as if they're right across the street. (Because they are...on the hill just across the street.) They don't really worry us -- any of our three dogs could take on a coyote and win, and they stay inside most of the time anyway.
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    WE have always been able to see deer from the house of course, (this is very rural), but lately the deer are literally in our backyard. The coyotes are pushing them closer and closer to peoples houses. Last year was real brutal as the snow was so deep (197 inches over the winter) and the hunters could not hunt the coyotes so the deer came in. You could see them bedded down 20-30 yards from the house.

    In some ways I did not help the deer as I was cutting wood. The deer would get on nice packed trails and have fallen trees (with buds and limbs) to browse on) but the coyotes would circle these areas and then pounce. This spring I went back to see how the area looked without4 feet of snow, and the stench from rotting deer carcasses drove me out. The coyotes wiped out 30% of the deer population in Mainelast year because of the heavy snowfall.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan
    They're loud, too. Some nights you can hear the howling as if they're right across the street. (Because they are...on the hill just across the street.) They don't really worry us -- any of our three dogs could take on a coyote and win, and they stay inside most of the time anyway.
    vaughn you might be surprized! think about the size of a raccoon and they can take out coon hounds if they get the right hold.. coyotes are like athletes they depend on there physical condition for sustance and our dogs dont.. they are less likely to take on a large dog true just becasue the other things are easier.. but if they had a one on one battle with most dogs they would probally win.. but like i said ewarlier our larger breeds are safe ,, its the mop dogs that are in danger,, they can be supper easily.
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    I live out and of course we have wildlife. Twice I have seen a doe jump the fence, head down chase my dog across the yard. Then I will saw her fawn she was protecting.

    Coyotes, deer, coons, fox, etc are not everyday sites but we see them.

    There have been rumors for years that there is panther in the area. Yes, long tailed black cat. The stories have come from people I trust. My father had a neighbor that said he saw one. My dad said if that man said it, it was true. Our vet has a neighbor that saw one in his carport, ect. Enough stories I think there is at least one. Game Wardens official line is there is no conformation. Unofficially if you know one, they believe we have at least one in the area too.

    4 or 5 years ago when we were building the house I was working down here after dark. The house didn't have all the doors in at that time. I am on a ladder pulling wire and I hear a cat scream at the barn. I assumed it was two Tom Cats about to fight. You know how they can let out some really loud screams. A few minutes latter I hear it again and it's closer. And I thought, that is not a domestic cat? I kept working, then I heard it again.

    OK, that is getting closer and that is not kitty cat! I am thinking Bob Cat. A few more minutes same thing. Closer and blood curdling scream. I get off the ladder and and listen and this time it is in edge of the yard. That scream intimidates me!

    About that time my wife drives up, she comes in and tell her to be quite and listen. Just hoping she will hear it. He screams one more time and is in the back yard right right behind the house. The look on her face is close to fear. Scariest sound I have ever heard in the woods. I assume it was just a Bob Cat because they are around here. But I will say I wanted no part of that kitty cat!
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