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Cherish the richness of Transcona wildlife

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Are you aware of all the wildlife around you?  

I am pretty sure some of you know there are many wild animals that live amongst us. Yes, even in urban areas there are many forms of wildlife that co-exist with us on a daily basis.
We all know about the deer and the little brown rabbits (those darned rabbits) but you may not realize there are coyotes, raccoons, owls, falcons, hawks, jackrabbits, skunks, ground hogs, foxes, many types of birds and that one really big buck.

No, I am not going to tell you guys where that buck lives, all I can say is I may have seen him bedding down on Dugald Road, behind the District 4 station.

We also can’t forget that cougar sighting.  Wasn’t that just last weekend?

When I was a child the only wildlife I can recall seeing were really, really big frogs and huge grasshoppers but the development of new homes has forced most of them to the other side of the tracks.

In November, Mr. Foxy was stuck on Pandora Avenue and no one would stop to let him cross. I had to help him out because he was just so cute. I stopped my truck and he just knew it was safe to cross. He walked right in front of my truck onto the sidewalk, safe and sound to carry on.

I think some animals must develop street smarts after a while. If only the deer population would learn a thing or two. On any given day, I can look out the window and see a sight I haven’t seen before. After three years, I finally saw the coyote everyone was talking about.

There it was, walking in my backyard, jumping in the long grass trying to catch a meal. I excitedly encouraged the family to come and see, and then snapped a picture, proof I wasn’t hearing and seeing things. Does my husband finally believe that I’m not crazy?  

Nothing can top the fabulous day I drove up into the driveway and the owl I’d been hearing outside my window for two years was flying and landed on the tree in the backyard. It was really beautiful, just sitting there on the branch, looking at me and searching for food. It knew I was watching but didn’t care — just kept turning that little head back and forth. I hope it found the rabbit that likes to eat all my trees and shrubs.

Next time you are out and about, look around and try to find some tracks in the snow, or listen for the sounds. If you’re lucky enough you just may see who the sounds or tracks belong to.

Louise Hedman is a community correspondent for Transcona.

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