Wildlife

By: twadmin | 8 May 2018
coyote in the woods

It was a cold Connecticut winter morning as I threw back the tarp that was covering the hay pile at our farm.  I don’t know who was more surprised me or the coyote that I had disturbed who was now less than 3 feet from me.  The coyote had no doubt, squeezed under the tarp to get out of the hollowing winds from the previous evening.   As I stepped back, he went shooting past my legs and disappeared into the woods.   I was lucky;  it had no desire to do anything other than get away from me.

Encounters with wild animals can be an incredible experience, from a newly born fawn scampering after its mother or a hawk soaring overhead.   Tarrywile is blessed with so much wildlife.   Coyotes, deer, woodchucks, rabbits, bear, raccoons and snapping turtles just to name a few.  It is important to be respectful in your encounters.    This time of year will also mean more encounters with baby animals.  Please do not touch them.  Often when one thinks it is abandoned, Mom in actuality is not too far away.   Give them all the space as possible.   Please, please abide by the leash law.  This will not only keep you and your pet safe but will also keep the animals safe.

brown woodchuck
snapping turtle

Please take a moment to read the following article; it gives you some great tips on what to do if you have an encounter.   https://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-to-do-when-you-encounter-a-wild-animal.html

Until next time remember;  leave no trace, respect wildlife, leash your dog, leave what you find, respect fellow park users, always be prepared but most importantly enjoy all Tarrywile has to offer.