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October 17, 2011
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Keep in mind I live in the middle of the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles, which use to be rural, but has built pretty solid residential now. We are still zoned and allowed to have horses and other farm animals, and all have pretty rural kinds of yards, corals, barns, etc. We sure got a surprize the other night, at our front door.

We had gone to the market, and unloaded everything but had left a few cases of canned cat food and a 25 pound bag on the front walkway, just outside the front door. Next morning the bag was torn open, and we thought it was the neighbors cat. All of our cats are indoor cats which is another subject. Hillside coyotes come down into residential neighborhoods and kill many cats. We do live in a culdesac that borders the railroad tracks, so animals can migrate down the tracks from the hills. Next night, our cats were looking out the screen door, so we looked and to our surprize a possum was at the bag, eating cat food out of it. We see them dead all the time on roads, even know we are well into the city. Now we are worried, the possum could pass things to our indoor cats, so didn;t want to bring the bag inside or even use the feed. Next night, same thing, and again the night after that, plus a little rain we figured its molded and were going to put it in the garbage. But it was neat seeing something wild, we don't see that much here. Cats spotted the possum, which was only 6-8 feet out the door, we watched him, and he walked off after he was full. About 10 minutes later, cats are watching again, so I got up to look, and was stunned to see a big fat racoonthis time, who just looked up at me. I walked into the other room, and Mrs G2 ran in to tell me a 2nd one came. In 36 years, we have never seen racoons, even back when the area was not so built up.

Better get that sack of food into the garbage Tuesday night, becasue the only thing next might be a skunk, which we sometimes smell.

October 17, 2011
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We get raccoons here from time to time. It's weird, but they like to hang out on this one particular street. Whenever I'm walking home from the bar, I'll take this street 'cause it's the easiest way to get home, and there will literally be like... ten of them just hangin' out like it's their turf or something. They'll even stop what they're doing and watch me in unison.

Makes me feel like one night I'm gonna get jumped.

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October 17, 2011
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Back in the day there were monkeys on the property. Lemurs, actually.

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October 18, 2011
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We still see birds from time to time, that were exotic birds from the Budweiser Brewery that is only about 3 miles east of us on Roscoe Blvd. 30 years ago they still had the Busch Gardens beer park and the tram tour of the brewery. They took it out years ago, but some of the exotic birds got loose. We also see a flock of green parrots, about 50 of them. Some of the birds may have come from Desconso Gardens which is about 10 miles from here. We always get a few Bear sightings in our residential areas near foothills. Had one a few weeks ago in Glendale, and in our local mountains a bear came into a kitchen window, when a 13 year old girl was home alone. She ran upstairs and called for help. All they want is food. Actually this morning I woke up and went to get out of bed, glanced out the window just by chance and saw our possum. I was very surprized becasue it was way after sun up, and it walked from our corrals to under an old El Camino stored in the far back yard. I've been thinking something was under it, becasue the weeds on one side are flattened down. Not sure what to do about him, its illegal to relocate yourself and animal regulations may euthanize it. Maybe catch him in a friendly trap, and relocate him anyway.

October 18, 2011
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we have outside cats which keep the rodent population down around us.
they have possum, racoon over to eat all the time..

have several der now in the yard across the street. deer buck and 3 babies which is very unusual for one deer to have triplets..

i love this area here in the ozarks..we have a bob cat now to caught on film..now where he came from anyones guess...big cat though..hes eating well..

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October 18, 2011
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Wow, a bobcat? That's awesome. I mean, dangerous for people who have pets, but cool that he showed up. Hope everyone's little furry family members are safe.

Speaking of pets, I saved a cat from two coyotes who showed up a while ago. Stayed up pretty late one night and had my window open, and saw a cat dart down under my neighbor's truck. Stood up to see what spooked it and all of a sudden two coyotes showed up and started trying as hard as they could to grab it. Ran outside, scared 'em off, and got the cat back to its home. Lady still never properly thanked me. Laugh

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October 18, 2011
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The coyotes are a major concern for the kitten rescue groups. They will not adopt any cat to anyone who states it will be an outdoor cat. They go way overboard IMHO. However it is a major reason many cats get killed. Now the coyotes are coming several miles down into residential area.
My son in laws uncle just move to Alabama where they have Armadillos. He said they can pass leprosy to humans, by eating in their vegtable gardens. I didn't think that even existed anymore.

October 18, 2011
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I honestly don't believe cats, or any animal for that matter, should BE an outdoor animal. Most domestic critters have no business being unguarded unless they are a proven species, and even then it's still inviting a big risk. Even my 85 pound doberman stays inside the house because we have coyotes who find ways to sneak around into backyards. This is coming from Surf City.

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October 18, 2011
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All of our current cats are indoor only cats, never go outside. Neither do Johns cats. Over the years we have had outdoor cats, and they several got killed wondering into neighbors yards with dogs. One pair of brother cats lived to be about 18. Our dogs have always been outdoor dogs when we had them, but our yard is well fenced in, they never get out. One or two times they dug under the fence, so I cemented extentions into the ground. That cured that problem.

October 18, 2011
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possums are kinda cute

How neat you for to experience that?
I think anyway.

I would have gotten a kick out of it and probably left the bag out for the thing to finish over the week..maybe took pics, even

I love intereacting with the animals that cross my path(as long as they are nice ones)

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