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Trick or treat

At first glance, it could appear that the skunk has no good virtues as it raids gardens and makes holes in the lawn. Some farmers, however, view the skunk as beneficial due to its omnivorous diet of both small rodents and insect pests along with the occasional vegetable.

November 1, 2012

Our region is blessed with many diverse habitats. Moving from mountain to valley will bring a whole different range of fauna and flora that can be seen. The arrival of fall brings much change as animals hibernate or migrate, and we see many visitors that are passing through or overwinter here.

Many people have become familiar with various species to the extent of knowing which ones are “good” or “bad” due to such things as what they eat, where they nest or roost, or even what they look like.

Many critters can be on both sides of the fence in their interaction with people. With Halloween here, I have included a few examples of “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” These are examples of nature’s “trick or treat.”