Wild in the City

Last night, as my Beagle-Jack was answering the call of nature in our back yard, we had an unexpected encounter with Nature, in the form of an adult possum, perched atop a chain link fence. These nocturnal marsupials are relative newcomers to Minnesota, and are just the most recent in a group of wild animals I have seen in the Twin Cities metro. I’ve also spotted deer near downtown Saint Paul, bald eagles in Fridley, and red-tailed hawks just about everywhere. What sort of urban widlife encounters have you had in the Twin Cities?

7 Comments so far

  1. mnblrmkr on November 19th, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    Foxes in Fridley along 694/East River Rd.

    Also saw a fox outside my townhouse in St. Anthony Village last winter.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on November 19th, 2008 @ 9:36 am

    We get turkeys on the grounds of my office in Eden Prairie. I’m sure I’ve seen a bald eagle from 494 in the last few months as well.

  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on November 19th, 2008 @ 9:51 am

    There’s a few turkeys IN my office, if you catch my drift.

    Foxes in Fridley. Nice use of literation, mnblrmkr.

  4. greg on November 19th, 2008 @ 9:52 am

    There was a "herd" of about 200 Canadian geese at the park 3 blocks from my house in Chaska yesterday. I know geese are common here, but I’ve never seen that many grounded at once — they were thick! (ps – shouldn’t they be headed for Texas or something? It’s cold outside).

  5. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on November 19th, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    It seems hard to believe, but both the whitetailed deer and the giant Canada goose were once nearly extinct in America. Man-made changes in rural and urban landscapes helped both animals make a huge comeback, to the point we now worry about too many deer and geese.

  6. dulcey on November 19th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    Yesterday at 3:30, a bald eagle flying maybe 20-30′ above the ground, along Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park! I took my hands off the steering wheel and clapped.

  7. David (jacc) on November 19th, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    There’s a bald eagle’s nest near my house so we’ll see them pretty frequently. Once,this spring,we saw a bald eagle eating a rabbit in our yard and several smaller one’s circling the parkway hunting.

    I also have pics of cooper hawks and red tail hawks hanging out in our yard.

    I regularly see deer and turkey in the area and a couple of years ago during the winter I saw a bobcat along the railroad tracks.

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