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Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Wild turkey are native to North America and can be found throughout the wooded areas of the United States. An unsuccessful candidate for our National bird, the turkey nearly became extinct in the early 1930s due to hunting. Now the turkey populations are flourishing and it’s estimated that there are over 7 million of them. Turkey have superb vision during the day, but can’t see that well at night. Their sense of smell is not that good, so unlike the…

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Black Bear

Black Bear

The mighty black bear are the foundation of many myths, stories, and folklore in our society. And I have to admit, when we saw the bear pictured below on the Appalachian Trail it was the highlight of our backpacking trip! But before you accept the ferocious teeth-baring image of the movies, here are some bear facts that you should know. The black bear are commonly found in the thick forest and swampy cover of the Appalachian mountain region of the…

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White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer are a very majestic and beautiful animal. They have habit in most wooded areas of the United States and if you walk quietly through the woods, there’s a good chance you’ll see one. More often than not, deer will spot you before you spot them. So a glimpse of a fleeing white tail is usually all that we get to see. Once white-tailed deer establish their domain, they rarely if ever will leave it even if faced with…

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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

The gray wolf is probably one of the more feared predators of the wilderness (Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?). While they have a lot of similarities to the coyote, wolves travel in packs and as a group they can be a much more intimidating predator to a larger prey. Wolves have 42 teeth and can chase their prey at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. They can sustain these speeds for up to 20 minutes when chasing…

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Red Fox

Red Fox

You might spy the red fox in the woods or even in your backyard! They live all over North America and have varied habitats from the forested wilderness to the suburbs. They are famous for their raiding of farmer’s hen houses and the prey of the English hunters & hounds, but here are some other facts you might not have known about our friend, the fox… The fox is a member of the dog family, despite looking and behaving like…

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Coyote

Coyote

The Coyote is best known for howling at the moon and chasing the Road Runner (beep-beep). But there is much more to this descendant of the wolf. They are mainly found in North America, Europe and Asia. And they have a very close resemblance to the domestic dog, German Shepherd, but are slightly smaller. They have a yellowish-gray coat with a cream-colored underbody. They also have ears that point up (stand erect). They are also known for their full mouth…

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Skunk

Skunk

The skunk is best known for their defensive mechanism and ultimate stink bomb. It’s a very powerful, horrible-smelling spray that has most of their predators giving them a wide berth. The smell lasts for many days, and has been a rather powerful ability when it comes to their survival. In terms of danger, their scent does not pose much of a threat, but as many of you pet-owners can attest to…it takes many days (and cans of tomato juice) to…

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Raccoon

Raccoon

With their face mask, nocturnal habits, and food-finding tendency, it’s no wonder why the raccoon is the most popular campsite bandit! If you leave your food in a cooler or trash in a ground-level bag or can, you’ll likely have a visitor from our masked friend to your site. Raccoons usually make the woods their home. However, in some cases you may find them in abandoned buildings, storm drains, attics and garages. They prefer areas by streams, ponds and lakes…

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Opossum

Opossum

The Opossum (called “Possum” everywhere else but North America) are one of nature’s most hearty and unique animals. They are the land mammal with the most teeth (50), and they have a natural resistance to snake venom and most known viruses! Opossums will move to where the food is, but you can expect to find them in mostly wooded habitats although many have found habitats in urban and suburban areas. They are nocturnal, so you will probably only see them…

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Beaver

Beaver

The beaver is an amazing animal. What other animal can divert streams, rivers, and completely change the landscape and environment that they live in (except for those pesky homo sapiens, of course!). They are the engineers of the wilderness and are continually changing their surroundings to suit their needs. The signs of these hard-working lumberjacks are obvious and unmistakable. And while they are large in size (36-48” inches long), they are actually a species of aquatic rodent. They have a…

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