What bothers me are the foxes. They are chicken thieves, too, and while we always have a couple around, the numbers they described, and that I've been hearing, are more than a couple.
Here, foxes harbor a lot of rabies, and they become very pushy in numbers, not to mention that they climb/den in trees. I am still surprised at a fox being in a tree.
When Ds was feeding Uhura her 2nd meal in the evening, they had begun yapping from the treeline.
The neighbor says that when he feeds his cats or dogs, they start yapping to one another in the treeline, spread out, but then he hears more answering yaps from in the fields, then back from behind his house, then the one's in the fields which he can tell have moved closer, etc. I am sure that they are pushing pets out of their food to eat it, and know that they've been marking on the hill by the house.
I think that both the foxes and coyotes are out of balance, like everything else, because of the darned fires.
I haven't noticed the rodents being any more plentiful than usual for this time of year, so their numbers can't be supported.
In the meantime, chickens, cats, and small dogs are in danger, though.
When things are out of balance, all suffer. For example, if the coyotes/foxes are eating a lot of rodents in the fields and forest, and they must be, then what will our birds, such as the owls, eat? Will there be enough for them? The smallest of our owls eats 2-3 rodents a night, and we have several species, and more than one of each.
Anyway, thanks again for the tip. The most interesting part is that it needs to be collected from a female. I wonder if that still counts after menopause, when hormones have shifted?
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