A reader called our newsroom to say thereâ€™s a wild turkey in her backyard. Others have seen came deer in the neighborhood. Along the Neponset River, red-tailed hawks wind currents over the cityscape. Critters of all sorts have been sighted: skunks, raccoons and opossums are regular local habituÃ©. In Codman Hill, a coyote has taken made its home in someoneâ€™s backyard, and theyâ€™reâ€œprotected wildlife,â€ and cannot be disturbed. Others keep a wary eye out for their cats and small dogs, lest they become a predatorâ€™s meal.
Cedar Grove Cemetery staffer Rusty White keeps a digital camera on hand to record the neighborhood wildlife. He says itâ€™s common to see coyotes, and the resident fox a den in nearby wetlands. He says the once-common sightings of deer has diminished, perhaps due to the increase in the coyote population.