Vicky and I are excited about the wildlife in our backyard. We have beautiful Bluebirds, two Hawks,
head-to-the-side Robins, wild turkeys,
hardworking Carolina Wrens, cute Chipmunks, eat my wife’s plants Bunnies, ever present Squirrels, an occasional fence jumping deer, slithering Snake, and an outdoor, grill disturbing Raccoon. Those Raccoons all look like convicts. Guilt is written on their faces.
Now if you think that’s a lot of wildlife think again. It may be a lot of wildlife for an urban area but it’s nothing compared to what my in-laws enjoy. They live in Mitchell County in the mountains of North Carolina.
Here’s a list of their wildlife along with some interesting information provided by James, my father-in-law. (I’m his favorite son-in-law, by the way.)
They have to put rocks on their trashcan to keep bears out – especially if there aren’t acorns on the trees. If there is an acorn shortage guess what the Bears second choice for dinner is. Answer: what is in your trashcan. When it frosts, when trees in are in bloom, there’s not a big crop of mesh – of berries and acorns and beechnuts. Bears have to eat so…….
Bears hibernate in late November or early December. They go into hibernation fat and come out skinny in March when grass starts to grow. They come out as hungry as a Bear can be.
WT’s are a pest. They eat everything in your garden, particularly the corn. Once my brother-in-law got knocked off his motorcycle by a WT. It was a freak collision. The WT was probably coming in for a landing. Must have been one stupid bird to hit my brother-in-law.
Brook Trout, Speckled Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brown trout. Brown Trout is the hardest to catch. It’s meat is pink and real tasty. According to James Willis, my father-in-law, Brook and Brown are the best to eat.
Up to 10 pt deer. Amazing.
You hear “yep, yep, yep” mostly at night. It’s just their nature to yep. They destroy young calves, run in packs just like wolves – anywhere from 12 to 15. Their skin is valuable.
Muskrat skins also valuable.
Burrow clay field or bank and they tunnel. Hibernate just like a bear, live off fat system.
And I thought Vicky and I had a lot of wildlife.
“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Genesis 31:1