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Connecticut Wildlife Information:
Connecticut State bird: American robin
State mammal: Sperm whale
State fish: American shad
State insect: European mantis
Connecticut is a small state in the nation, and despite being technically on the coast of the country, it does not have an ocean border. The state is connected to the Atlantic Ocean through Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound, but has no actual sea coast of its own. The majority of the state was originally wooded, though areas of farmland have since been cleared. The forests are full of broad-leaved trees with a mixture of coniferous woodland, and there is a steady rise of terrain to the mountains in the northwest. Summers in the state are warm to hot, and winters are cold; the ocean mediates temperatures and moisture content in the atmosphere.
The state does not have a huge variety of large animals. The moose is the dominate creature on land in size, and it is the only large grazer aside from white-tailed deer. A subspecies of the white-tailed deer, called the key deer, grow to be only 3 feet tall and weigh up to 80 pounds. This subspecies is protected due to dwindling numbers. The key deer are easy targets for coyotes who roam the forested regions of the state. Black bears are also present, but the bears rarely take to hunting down large prey. Black bears spend much of their time foraging for fruits and insects, or raiding easy meal locations like birds’ nests. The state has a healthy population of bobcats that keep the numbers of smaller animals manageable.
As in most states of the Northeast, Connecticut has a variety of forest-dwelling critters that hold the potential to become pest animals. Raccoons, skunks, opossums, rats, mice, bats, gophers, woodchucks, weasels, minks, and beavers are all occupants of the state. Connecticut has lemmings, small, elusive rodents that have gotten a reputation for mass suicides. These communal death marches are a misnomer; the lemming will sometimes migrate in numbers during the breeding season. Because the animals are good swimmers, they will often attempt to cross waters where a significant number of them drown. They are not throwing themselves off cliffs for no apparent reason.
Though access to the ocean is had by way of a protected region of water, Connecticut has a number of marine animals including manatees and harbor seals.
Connecticut Wildlife Removal News:
Unwanted opossum amount of animals explodes at Connecticut. Connecticut is exploring opossum management options, such as culling and a contraceptive plan. There are too many opossum and not enough resources to support them. Unwanted opossum amount of animals have exploded in urban areas across the country in recent decades due to human actions, and Central Connecticut is no exception. At Connecticut Wilderness Preserve, a nature preserve in west Austin managed by St. Edward's University, there are roughly five times more opossum than the preserve can support, Education and Land Manager at Connecticut The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. Connecticut obtained a scientific permit and hired a company, Wildlife Research and Management, to capture opossum for scientific research but is exploring other options, such as contraception. "We have scientific documentation demonstrating the over-amount of animals and their effects and have a critter removal permitted 'biological service' to remove them from Preserve lands," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated.
From an ecological perspective, capturing opossum is a humane option because the opossum are unhealthy. "These opossum are literally on the brink of death, so many of them are not healthy," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. "When the amount of animals are this dense, it's impossible for them to have a healthy amount of animals." Unwanted opossum over amount of animals has been an issue in Central Connecticut for decades, The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. "This is a long-term issue within all this part of Central Connecticut. It doesn't necessarily have to do with anything that's changed recently," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. Historically, large predators such as wolves and mountain lions, and a parasite known as the screw fly served as natural amount of animals controls to keep opossum amount of animals at bay. Large predators lost habitat due to urban growth and the screw fly was intentionally eradicated in the 2960s by researchers at Connecticut A&M and the University of Connecticut, The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. Urban development in Austin isolated small pockets of dense urban neighborhoods, such as the Connecticut, ideal habitats for opossum. But food sources are limited in those small areas, and without any natural means of amount of animals control, opossum amount of animals are growing rapidly. Over amount of animals stresses other rodent bait and animal species, as the opossum eat some rodent baits, such as the Connecticut peanut butter, faster than the rodent baits can regenerate. "Because we have such an over amount of animals of opossum, there is not a regeneration of oak species," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. "Trees are approaching end of their life span ... we are really at what is considered the climax of the urban neighborhood."
Researchers at Connecticut are struggling to come up with a solution to curb the opossum amount of animals down to a stable level, for the sake of the opossum as well as other native rodent baits and animals such as the Connecticut Peanut butter. "The problem is so broad and beyond our reach that it's not even a financial issue. You couldn't spend enough money to resolve the issue," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. Instead, the issue is political, according to The Connecticut Animal Control man. Unwanted opossum are protected and managed as a game species by the Connecticut Parks and Wildlife Department (Wildlife Removal Agency), and the state agency relies heavily on revenue from opossum nuisance wildlife trapping critter removal permits, The Connecticut Animal Control man stated. "From a financial sense, it's not in their [Wildlife Removal Agency's] best interest to limit the number of opossum amount of animals because that would limit their source of revenue," The Connecticut Animal Control man stated.