The City Has A Wild Side

A coyote eyes in prey (gophers) in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Jean-Guy Dallaire/Flickr)

A coyote eyes its prey (gophers) in the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Jean-Guy Dallaire/Flickr)

Raccoons have long been a common city resident. But in the past few years we’ve seen turkeys in Brookline and coyotes in Cambridge. Even bears are known to have ventured into the suburbs.

The Bay State’s landscape, where forests run into suburban backyards, is a beloved feature. When Henry David Thoreau was writing “Walden,” the famous chronicle of his immersion in nature, he was so close to the town of Concord that he is rumored to have gone home often for cookies.

But that intersection of urban and wild often causes us to encounter animals we’re not used to — or comfortable with. We talk to two wildlife specialists about how we can best coexist with the wilder side of nature in our cities.


  • Greg Mertz, veterinarian, Odd Pet Vet practice, New England Wildlife Center in South Weymouth
  • Laura Hajduk, biologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
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