Monday, April 2, 2012

Common Forest Wildlife

Nature has a lot to offer, with its beautiful winter seasons and its bountiful springs and summers. The surrounding forest wildlife is a part of nature, and whose presence brings added warmth and wonder. It can be difficult spotting all of nature's forest wildlife because some hide and burrow, while others live high in the treetops. Let us explore some of the commonly found and well-known wildlife in the forest. We can learn how they live and what they are like.
Animals of All Sorts
There are a variety of different species that make the forest their home, and each and every one of them is fascinating and unique in their own way. The top most common animals known to reside in wooded areas are squirrels, raccoons, and deer. There are many more types of common forest wildlife as well, so be sure to follow the links provided at the end of the article for more ways to learn about animals of all sorts.
Squirrels are members of the medium-sized rodent family. They are furry with slender bodies and long bushy tails. They have excellent vision and sturdy claws for grasping food and for climbing. These qualities are important for any tree-dwelling animal. They are fast little creatures that are prevalent in residential areas as well. They are spotted every single day, all across the country.
Raccoons are another forest dwelling creature that is categorized in the medium-sized mammal family. They have a gray coat, 90% of which is dense under fur that protects them against the cold, as well as a mask-like black strip across their eyes. Their tails are striped black and gray, usually, and their paws are very dexterous. In fact, they are similar looking to human hands. You can find raccoons in the woods and forest, and sometimes in a dumpster or compost pile. Raccoons are very clever, but contrary to squirrels, they are known to be little trouble makers in residential areas.
Deer are very common in the forest, but in more rural areas as well, like the country side. In the forest you can find white tailed deer and deer families in the spring time. The females are called does and the males are referred to as bucks. They are fast sprinters and light on their feet. They are mammals that typically give birth to one fawn, or baby deer. Although many people enjoy eating and hunting deer, there are several hunting guidelines that places limits on where a person can hunt and how much. These rules are very important to the safety of hunters and the deer population alike.
Protect and Respect Nature
The forest is a wonderful source of flora and fauna, and provides warmth, food, and shelter to many admirable creatures in nature. This is why the preservation of forests and wild animals across the country is very important. We need to protect our ecosystem and natural resources so that nature can remain bountiful and harmonious, the way mother nature intended.

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