wildlife

By - 8/28/12 - 8:37 pm

Jef Taylor reported around 6:20 p.m.:

Big flying ant emergence happening in Dedham now. These at definitely ant alates, big females with distended abdomens and tiny darker males.

Colleen Dillon checked in not long after from Quincy:

BIG swarm In West Quincy!

You may recall the endless swarms of icky little bugs around the same time last year.... Read more

By - 8/19/12 - 9:17 am

Raccoon

A helpless citizen reports from Roxbury:

Raccoon gang of 4 or 5, seem unafraid of humans. Raccoon don't care, it just does what it wants. Not sure what, if anything, City can do.

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By - 8/5/12 - 11:57 pm

Let's start with cobras.

OK, Steve Annear alerts us it's really a way to help a woman with multiple sclerosis pay for insurance coverage under COBRA.

By - 7/29/12 - 9:05 pm

Gobble gobble hey

About the last thing you expect to see while you're driving on an interstate is a live turkey in the car next to you, giving you the eye. But there the bird was, around 7:30 p.m. in a Hyundai with Maryland plates, heading north on I-95 in... Read more

By - 7/29/12 - 8:19 pm

DotRat photographed a coyote wandering along Wollaston Beach today:

The poor fellow was very skiddish ... afraid of all the traffic and very weary of people…as he should be. This coyote was just a pup and probably got separated from its crew. Called Quincy PD because I didn’t want any kids approaching it and they said couldn't do anything because it was a protected

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By - 7/27/12 - 12:36 pm

Sometimes it pays to get pissed off, but given the relative lack of lions around here, will coyotes recognize the scent?

By - 7/26/12 - 5:54 pm

A report on a cat on Cape Ann that survived getting chomped by a coyote. Complete with photo of the tooth hole the coyote left behind in the cat's head.

By - 7/23/12 - 9:27 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a terror raccoon that took over Hull and Sheafe streets before it died under somebody's porch last week, creating "a nasty, putrid state of air for days."

By - 7/22/12 - 3:57 pm

A collection:

In the fall of 2008 I began photographing caterpillars. These larval insects demonstrate a diversity of morphology and behavior better than perhaps any other group of animals in this region, and yet, they remain relatively unknown to even the most dedicated of naturalists. Through my photography, and through documenting the life histories of the species I find and raise, I hope to

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By - 7/9/12 - 12:19 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist chronicles the adventures of the mama duck for whom park workers built special housing in the Public Garden.

By - 7/7/12 - 7:32 pm

Vulture?

We drove into Dedham Square late this afternoon and saw what looked like a couple of hawks lazily circling overhead. But when we pulled into the parking lot by Rte. 1, it was obvious those were no hawks - they were too big. They decided to perch on a light pole... Read more

By - 7/1/12 - 10:20 am

A few days after a moose ambled into Wellesley, a moose appeared in a Weston backyard yesterday.

By - 6/29/12 - 12:34 pm

Both Jon Keller and Julia Spitz have interviews with the Cape/Brookline Bear:

"So, there's been some speculation about what to call you. What's your real name?"

"You couldn't pronounce it. No human can. Except that Boston mayor guy. I don't think he was trying to say my name, though. I'm not really sure what he was trying to say."

"No one ever

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By - 6/27/12 - 10:26 am

A concerned citizen reports:

federal bldg. causeway at lomasny. some sort of giant rat like creature walking around. looks like rat with a raccoon body the size of a med size cat!

By - 6/27/12 - 9:09 am

Trapped birdBird is the word.

Update, 10:09 a.m.: Animal Rescue League on its way.

At 8:42 a.m., butterh urgently tweeted from his Dorchester apartment:

Bird in my apt. Live adult, injured, ARL not open - What do I do?! We're freaking each other out. Need help.

Cyn Donnelly ... Read more

By - 6/26/12 - 2:43 pm

Ryan Schulteis at WHDH reports state wildlife officials say the bear somehow made it back east from where they brought him after he was captured on the Cape and are depositing him at an unspecified location even further west this time.

By - 6/26/12 - 8:41 am

UPDATE: Around 9:30, environmental police shot the bear with a tranquilizer. He ran up the tree, then, after the drug took effect, fell out of the tree, to be carted away to someplace a bit more rural.

Brookline bearResting bear. Photo by Brookline Police.

The wandering, ambling bear fell asleep... Read more

By - 6/25/12 - 9:08 pm

Stephen Walsh reports the bear has been spotted tonight near Skyline Park near the West Roxbury Parkway.

UPDATE: Spotted at the Baker School, really just a hop, skip and a jump from Hancock Village and the West Roxbury line.

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