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  •  That's really cool! (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    I'd like to see a moose in Maine. The only moose I've ever seen was in New Hampshire.

    And living in the country, you just get used to sharing the outdoors with large animals. In Connecticut, it's deer. Many of my family members have had close calls (and some actual collisions) with deer here in CT. In Maine, it's moose. Personally, I think that deer and moose enhance the character of the New England outdoors.

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 10:32:40 AM PDT

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    •  I live in the city, and I have lots of deer issues (0+ / 0-)

      and also groundhogs, raccoons that get in your attic and rip the tiles from the roof, smelly skunks and stray cats. Plus squirrels who wait for the tomatoes to just about get ripe, then pick them, eat half and leave the rest on the patio.....

      •  I guess that's the difference (1+ / 0-)
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        between people who live in the city and people who live in the country. City-dwellers view animals as annoying nuisances (which some, I'll admit, are), while rural people generally like seeing wild animals walking around outside the house (especially turkeys, I love those).

        One reason why this may be is that urban animals are more acclimated to the presence of humans and are thus more fearless and harder to scare off. Generally, if a squirrel gets into the bird feeder behind my house, five seconds of yelling at it will make it run away.

        (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

        by ProudNewEnglander on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:43:55 AM PDT

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        •  Scared? The raccoons here do all the scaring! (0+ / 0-)

          And the groundhogs too....I suggest the book Nature Wars...more people live in close proximation to wild animals in the US than ever before. Your houseis just moreof the forest to them. I don't shoot my wildlife ( I've no problem with hunters ) by my BIL and his pals in Maine shoot red squirrels on site, because they are "a nuisance" It is illegal in my town to discharge a firearm,

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