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wildlife

By - 12/28/13 - 10:12 pm
Raccoon head stuck in a grate

No lions or tigers, but we did have a bear - unfortunately, shot dead in a tree overhanging the train tracks and the turnpike in Newton.

In Waltham, first responders rescued a raccoon that had somehow gotten stuck in a storm-sewer grate.

By - 12/16/13 - 6:58 pm
Hawk in Medford

Amfretto snapped this hawk on her balcony railing near the Tufts soccer field in Medford this morning. She reports she usually gets to see it hanging out in nearby trees swooping for prey, rather than a few feet from her face.

By - 12/4/13 - 7:33 am
Hawk on the Commonwealth Avenue mall

Stevil spotted this hawk on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall the other day.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/28/13 - 10:22 am
Turkey menace

Bostonography maps turkey sightings in the Boston area. You know what to do: Choose white AND dark meat today.

By - 11/20/13 - 1:58 pm

Village 14 reports a kid walking to Newton South High School yesterday morning was knocked to the ground by a deer that ran out of the marsh he was walking by. The site doesn't say, but presumably the deer was buck naked at the time.

By - 11/18/13 - 8:17 am
Harvard Square turkey

Bobbi Fox reports a turkey was perched outside the Dunkin' Donuts at Eliot and JFK this morning.

By - 11/14/13 - 1:50 pm
Fisher cat, stuffed and mounted

Look at those teeth, those claws, those beady little eyes!

Near Fresh Pond, Wicked Local Cambridge alerts us. But don't worry:

There have been no reports of fisher cats attacking a person or domestic animal in Cambridge.

Ed. note: This is not the Fresh Pond fisher cat. This is the fisher cat Kevin Cosby hit with his car, then had stuffed and mounted.

By - 11/10/13 - 10:50 am

We live in the largest city in New England, and yet, around 10:15 a.m., I had to hit the brakes to avoid plowing into a buck bounding across the Dedham Parkway near the entrance to Georgetowne in Hyde Park. Antlers and everything.

Tom O'Gara reports he saw one on Enneking Parkway around 1 a.m.

By - 11/5/13 - 8:16 pm

Brookline Police report that around 2:45 p.m. today, Animal Control Officer Pierre Verrier was dispatched to Short Street to deal with one of the town's notorious terror turkeys:

By - 10/2/13 - 12:39 pm
Cockatiel

It turned shy when Gregory Adams aimed his camera at it, but that's a yellow-headed cockatiel up in a tree at Fallon Field in Roslindale this morning.

UPDATE: That's Smokey the Cockatiel, whose owner just recently moved to the Fallon Field neighborhood and who didn't realize one of his windows was open over the weekend.

By - 9/26/13 - 9:43 am

Matthew Wilding reports somebody is leaving headless pigeons strewn about Adams Park in Roslindale Square.

Ed. note: Or some thing, mwa-ha-ha. In either case, don't click on that link unless you want to see one of said strewn headless pigeons.

By - 9/18/13 - 5:33 pm

An unamused citizen reports on the grisly scene on Guild Street in Roxbury:

Raccoon corpse in road. Evidence suggests victim died as result of blunt trauma via bludgeoning with board. Please send medical examiner, photog, latent prints, crime lab team, and person with a shovel.

Complete with a photo of said deceased boarded animal.

City marks case closed, says carcass was picked up. No word on Professor Plum's whereabouts.

By - 9/16/13 - 11:29 am
Hawk on Boston Common

David Geller filed this report on some excitement on the Common yesterday:

Landed right next to our Sunday morning football game at the softball field. Was swooping for a squirrel but missed him.

By - 9/13/13 - 7:49 am

A nose-holding citizen reports from Shawmut Avenue in Roxbury:

2 skunks out and about on the sidewalk. SKUNKS!!!

By - 9/10/13 - 2:47 pm

The Globe's David Ryan posted a photo of something very finny sticking out of the water in Pleasure Bay today as a wind surfer circled it.

By - 9/3/13 - 7:12 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports a terrified resident dialed 911 when she heard a gang of turkeys pecking at her windows:

She was concerned they would break the glass and get inside the house.

Because, you know, it's happened before.

By - 8/28/13 - 12:39 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports on the local constabulary's semi-annual crime report, which includes the fact that one of the two times police had to fire a weapon in the first half of this year involved shooting a turkey with a shotgun - back when the tasty terrors were even more terrible than usual.

By - 8/23/13 - 1:53 pm

Wicked Local Brookline continues its coverage of the fowl menace confronting Brookline in these dark (meat) days, with two reports on the two-bit turkey thugs terrorizing the town: In the first, police responded to a report of a turkey on one street only to find it on another, being fed by a resident (Wicked Local does not specify if this was after midnight). In the second, a terrorized mom called to report a turkey "acting aggressively" toward her husband and child.

By - 8/8/13 - 4:20 pm

Shark?

Weymouth Police posted this photo of the water off Weymouth around noon today and report:

The Weymouth Harbormaster and Animal Control Officer responded and searched the area but did not observe anything. Photos and video were shown to experts who could not determine if it was in fact a shark however they could not rule it out. It is possible that it was an ocean sunfish mistaken for a shark which is common occurrence. Ocean sunfish are very large often swim near the surface because they feed mainly on jellyfish. Their protruding dorsal fins are sometimes mistaken for those of sharks. Ocean sunfish are docile and not a danger to swimmers.

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