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Cherish Local Wildlife and Keep Your Eyes Open on the Road!

Be aware of the busy wildlife around us! Use caution when driving and don't panic if you have a fox den outside your bedroom window! They are all just trying to get by!

It's springtime and the local wildlife is very busy! I live in the West Redding area and have a fox who has staked claim to the woods near my bedroom window. I assume he has a family in there since he has been very busy running about the neighborhood collecting mice and moles, which are plentiful-just ask my cat! And speaking of my cat, the fox is terrified of him and has been chased around the yard a few times! Funny!!This fox is on a mission, yet I worry about his safety constantly. He runs across the road, and I am afraid he will get hit, or that someone with less enthusiasm will shoot or harass him. We are so blessed in this area to have such abundant widlife, and we need to be vigilant to keep them safe. Foxes are monogamous and mate for life-both the parents raise the kits, and they stay together as a family unit for an extended period. What will happen to this family if one night my fox gets killed on the road and doesn't come home? This is a tragedy in the making and I worry. And I am powerless to do anything. People speed on my back roads. And they speed on Rt.7. Within the last 6 months, there have been two beavers killed near their den by the Indian Trading Post on Rt.7. I was devestated! It doesn't have to happen if people keep their eyes open! Beavers also mate for life, and they work so hard to make their home safe and cozy. One night, Daddy didn't come home- he was hit by a car just 500 ft from home! I don't mean to preach or over sentimentalize, but sometimes we are so caught up in our own stuff that we forget it's not all about us all the time! Our wildlife is special and important in our community and everyone needs to be respectful of this wonderful mother earth that we share with the furry creatures in the woods and waters! PLEASE! Be mindful always and make an effort to protect our local wildlife! Thanks! and P.S if you ever need help with  wounded wildlife, or have questions regarding wild animal behaviors, call WILDLIFE IN CRISIS in Weston@203-544-9913. Or check them out on the web www.wildlifeincrisis.org  They are amazing!

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