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Going ‘wild’ brings elements of interest to environment


To the Editor:

I very much enjoyed Catherine Minolli's column 'Crazy idea about going wild' in last week's issue. Our 10 acre property is a combination of "orderly" and wild. We mow and weed wack a portion of our property, leaving the rest wild. We have cut paths for enjoying nature walks and the benefits of exercise without frequent disturbances to wildlife habitat. These paths are also well used by a variety of wildlife.

Wildlife includes woodchucks, moles, mice, rabbits, raccoon, wild turkey, squirrel, red fox, deer, snakes, possum and a variety of insects and birds. We are, of course, cautious with wild animals, use insect repellent to protect ourselves from insect bites, and keep our medicine cabinet well stocked. Damage to our property from wild animals has been minimal, all things considered. The rabbits have eaten some of our newly planted flowers to the ground in the spring and the raccoons have dug up our plants. We have put up small fences in some areas and replanted the plants dug up by the raccoons. Eventually they seem to realize that this behavior is not welcome and, for the most part, move on to other food sources. We do not use weed or insect killer in our yard so there is a plentiful variety of grasses, "weeds," and insects for them to eat. The deer and rabbits, particularly in the winter, feed on our yard trees and bushes, but they grow back eventually. The woodchucks dig their holes, but then this was a favorite activity for our now deceased dogs—and not for habitat necessity.

There is something special about looking out our window and watching these wild animals within feet of our home. Up close and personal. It seems to me that those of us who have chosen to live in the country should give serious consideration to leaving at least a portion of their property wild.

Susan Sam
July 29, 2009

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