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Massachusetts Wildlife Information:
Massachusetts State bird: Black-capped chickadee, wild turkey
State mammal: Right whale
State reptile: Garter snake
State fish: Cod
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug

Massachusetts is one of the smallest states, having only a little more than 10,000 square miles of land. This land was once heavily forested with both pine and hardwood trees, but early agriculture stripped the region almost completely bare of forest. Now, there are only a few groups of old woods, and most of the forested areas are secondary growth. Still, abandon farmland has reverted a little more than half of the state back to forest. The loss of trees chased many species out of Massachusetts, and some native animals, like elk, wolves, cougars, and wolverines, are considered extinct now in the state. The regrowth of trees has lured back in moose and black bear, two large animals that had also been missing since the deforestation.

The young forest vegetation is fantastic for the proliferation of wild turkey, and there are flocks of the birds in most of the state from coastal plain to the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Turkeys are considered a species of wild game and can be hunted during certain seasons. Incredibly acute hearing makes them difficult to sneak up on, and they can pinpoint a sound from hundreds of meters away. Their eyesight, however, is not particularly good.

Life on the Atlantic coast means dealing with the marine animals that love the oceans. Massachusetts has several large bays that make up its coastline. In these bays, there are numerous seal species, whales, lobster, dolphins, and walruses. The marine animals are rarely nuisances, but seals and walruses have been known to bask near homeowner’s docks. The real pests on the coastline are the seagulls. These birds have become bold, and when they aren’t hunting in the sand for small crustaceans, they will steal food right out of people’s hands.

Anywhere in the state, at any time, there are numerous raccoons looking for places to steal food from or shelters to have a litter of babies. Raccoons usually leave the woods to have their young, and Massachusetts is no exception, especially because it is lacking old, wide, dead trees. If the female raccoon doesn’t feel the forest is safe, she’ll be looking for an attic. Other home invaders in the state are rats, squirrels, mice, skunks, and opossums. At any time, there might be a woodchuck or a wayward porcupine out in the yard.

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Massachusetts Wildlife Removal News:
Activists Support Bat catches wild critters in Stait - The Stait Animal Control Facility is made up of Island board of health members, physicians, and health and environmental management professionals. Tisbury board of health member The Stait Animal Control officer and Stait health agent The Stait Animal Control officer are the committee's co-chairmen. Its members are divided into two groups, a medical committee headed by Mr. The Stait Animal Control officer and a Little Brown Bat bug committee headed by Mr. The Stait Animal Control officer. The committee's goal is to reduce the incidence of Little Brown Bat bug-borne illness on Stait by six-fold, bringing it in line with that on Stait. In June, the Stait Animal Control Facility sponsored 20 presentations to elementary grade students in Stait Public Schools and the Stait Public Charter School about Little Brown Bat bugs and Lyme disease as part of a community health initiative. In a telephone conversation Wednesday, Mr. The Stait Animal Control officer stated there is no question the size of the Island's bat amount of animals has a direct relationship to bat Little Brown Bat bug numbers. To that extent, the wildlife removal man stated, the annual bat harvest is important to accomplishing the group's goals. "The bat amount of animals provides a critical link to the whole Little Brown Bat bug life cycle,"

The Stait Animal Control officer stated, "and the whole Little Brown Bat bug-borne illness puzzle on the Vineyard." The Stait Animal Control officer, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a well-known Little Brown Bat bug researcher who conducts field work on Stait, is assisting the Stait Animal Control Facility. In numerous Island discussions the wildlife removal man has highlighted bat numbers and landscape practices as critical factors in bat Little Brown Bat bug numbers. Mr. The Stait Animal Control officer stated bat Little Brown Bat bug numbers do not appear to be any different on Stait this year, unlike those on the mainland where they were three to five times higher this fall, likely due to an increase in chipmunks and squirrels as a result of very heavy masting during 2020. "These rodents fed a lot of nymph bat Little Brown Bat bugs, which turned into the adult Little Brown Bat bugs," the wildlife removal man stated in an email to The Times. "It did not hurt that the summer was wet and cooler, which helps Little Brown Bat bug survival."

The Stait Animal Control officer stated the annual bat harvest is the main mechanism for regulating the abundance of bat. "If bat were allowed to increase, there would be more bat Little Brown Bat bugs, more car-bat collisions, and more loss of rodent bait diversity," the wildlife removal man stated. "I would also argue that being able to harvest local resources may greatly help some families through these tough economic times." In a letter to a Stait resident, The Stait Animal Control officer recommends the property owners association have a vote to affirm prohibition of nuisance wildlife trapping in the residential areas. The airport could be excluded or included, the wildlife removal man stated. Also, property owners could petition the board of commissioners to designate the neighborhood a no-catch area, the wildlife removal man stated. The easiest course of action, though, is to put the no-nuisance wildlife trapping signs back up, the wildlife removal man stated. “No need to get hung up on what the trap is,” the wildlife removal man stated. The Stait Animal Control officer stated while they could post the no nuisance wildlife trapping signs again, because the area isn’t actually a designated no-nuisance wildlife trapping zone, the pest control woman doesn’t see the point. “Under what write do I do that?” the pest control woman stated. “I can’t force it on the neighbors that want the nuisance wildlife trapping.” The Stait Animal Control officer stated individual property owners certainly can put up their own no-nuisance wildlife trapping signs but as president of the property owners association, the pest control woman can’t make that decision neighborhood-wide. “It’s a democracy back here, we can’t side with one group,” the pest control woman stated.

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