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Old 10-12-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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Possums are the tick's number one predator.

If you like blood sucking, disease carrying ticks all over you, your children, and your dog, get rid of your opossums.
They (and the skunks another poster complained about) eat lawn grubs that do more damage than the holes they make getting to them.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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I love wild animals so I don't want any of them reduced, maybe only if they are an invasive species such as coyotes and opossums, but otherwise would like to see more animals. One pleasant think I noticed that recently, ever since I have my day offs on weekdays and when I go to the forests they are completely empty of people and have been seeing a lot more wildlife, particularly ruffed grouse which prior to this I never actually saw, but I guess they all come out on the week days when the hoards of people are away, they just stand there on the edge of dirt roads like a bunch of dodos, don't even bother to move. Another native species I would like to see some day are porcupines, never seen them in the wild. Also would love to see more game birds, not just grouse but also turkeys and quails, I've seen quails run around in suburban areas from time to time, but would be cool to see them more often. Also would like to see more cetations in the Puget sound, particularly dolphins, I remember I once saw a large pod of dolphins jumping out of the water when boating, but that was a one time thing.
Why do you think Coyotes are an invasive species? Their native range is basically all of North America.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Why do you think Coyotes are an invasive species? Their native range is basically all of North America.
Maybe I'm mistaken, but from what I remember the Coyote used to be confined to the great plains and deserts, it was only when the wolves were exterminated throughout much of it's range that the coyote expanded and took over the continent, like wise I think the opossum has greatly expanded it's range and I don't think they are even native to the west coast. But either way I don't think it's necessarily a big issue, it's just nature trying to find a balance after all the damage we created.

https://simanaitissays.files.wordpre...oyoterange.jpg
http://mtnhp.org/thumbnail/defaultNo...g&maxWidth=600
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Maybe I'm mistaken, but from what I remember the Coyote used to be confined to the great plains and deserts, it was only when the wolves were exterminated throughout much of it's range that the coyote expanded and took over the continent, like wise I think the opossum has greatly expanded it's range and I don't think they are even native to the west coast. But either way I don't think it's necessarily a big issue, it's just nature trying to find a balance after all the damage we created.

https://simanaitissays.files.wordpre...oyoterange.jpg
http://mtnhp.org/thumbnail/defaultNo...g&maxWidth=600
If an animal expands its range naturally, it is not invasive. However, opossums were introduced to the west coast by man, so that qualifies it as an invasive west of the Rockies.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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If an animal expands its range naturally, it is not invasive. However, opossums were introduced to the west coast by man, so that qualifies it as an invasive west of the Rockies.
If that's the case why are the marine life brought to the west coast from the Japanese tsunami considered invasive? And why don't environmentalists let them stay and propagate since they came here "naturally"

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...apans-tsunami/

The reason why they are considered invasive is because they hitched a ride on man made objects such as docks and plastic objects that are able to make the trip across the ocean. Otherwise these Japanese species wouldn't have survived and that's why there are no native Japanese species as of yet. And the coyote wouldn't have "naturally" expanded it's range if humans didn't kill all the wolves.

Also there is an invasion of north pacific species into the north Atlantic via ice free arctic waters in the summer due to man made global warming.

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/tec...beandmail.com&

but anyway since the coyote and opossum are already here I say let them stay, I don't think they are doing any serious damage, at least not on the scale of feral pigs in the south.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Disappear: Mosquitoes.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:00 AM
 
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I’ll second the mosquitoes as the one species that needs to be wiped out.

I’d like to see most of the fauna that was wiped out by humans in the past 500 years come back.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I’ll second the mosquitoes as the one species that needs to be wiped out.

I’d like to see most of the fauna that was wiped out by humans in the past 500 years come back.
Give wolves back their natural range and *protect them*. Do people not understand that nature was intended to work with a balance of predator and prey? Help out the other smaller species of canines who are in greater jeapordy.

What you get when you don't in way too many deer and other prey animals who over eat the available food. Predator animals also catch the slower, less healthy of prey herds which help keep them healthy and in good shape.

Now mosquitos.... make sure there's lots of those little creatures which find them delicious. I'd not say spray, but encourage whatever considers them a meal to gobble up all they can.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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On pheasant, well, they're introduced (non native), and mostly its loss of habitat. They're ground nesters, and loss of old fields and mowing of medians along road have zapped them. It most areas, it needs to be stocked. I don't care either way as they're non native.


More? Moose. Ruffed grouse. Woodcock. Most forest interior birds. Would like to see pine marten expand. Lots of native reptiles need help, timber rattlesnakes, wood turtles, etc.


Needs to disappear? Absolutely nothing, except maybe less humans in some places.
everything has an effect on everything else, when one becomes extinct, all the rest doesn't function well.
Pheasants yes, indeed....remember riding my horse thru fields and having them flush up...

what do you do, with all the ferral cats, and house cats that people leave outside to run wild. They kill more game, than anything?
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:25 PM
 
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Disappear: Mosquitoes.

I'm pretty sure the bats have "disappeared" most of the mosquitoes in my yard.


Yah, bats!
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