Black bears are frequently sighted in many neighborhoods these days. It’s important to remember that:
They tend to be afraid of people. Offensive attacks generally happen in areas where they have little contact with people.
They aren’t dangerous unless they’re defending their cubs.
They go after pet dogs.
They will chase people.
Raccoons — a.k.a. the “perfect urban warriors” or “wash-bears” — tend to:
Avoid humans and their dwellings.
Be solitary creatures who pretty much go their own way.
Regard humans with benign contempt and our efforts to foil them as challenges.
Have a limited vocal range that they use to swear at us.
Frequently attacking humans.
Sometimes eating their house-cat cousins.
Sometimes mating with their house-cat cousins.
Their shy and secretive dispositions.
Frequently attacking horses and cows.
Coyotes are frequent — and unwelcome — visitors to many neighborhoods. They are known to:
Carry many diseases.
Travel and hunt in packs.
Kill pets and smaller livestock.
Have very little fear of people.
Disease carriers. Among those diseases are toxoplasmosis and salmonella.
North America’s oldest and most primitive mammal.
Snake and rodent killers.
ALL of these things.
Fisher cats aren’t really cats but members of the weasel family. They:
Are playful like their otter cousins.
Make blood-curdling nocturnal screams.
Were reintroduced to northern New England to curb porcupines, who were responsible for the loss of many trees.
Are smaller than most members of the weasel family.
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