Foxes, coyotes, bobcats, deer, bears, wild turkeys, are often hanging out in our back yards. At one time, they roamed these parts quite frequently, before the land was all cleared for farming and drove the wildlife further north. But now that the trees have grown back and matured, and fruit bearing once again, they provide camouflage, protection and living space, so the wildlife has returned.

But now there’s another element to this equation. Suburbia. And the animals are adapting to this relatively recent creation. That’s why we see them in our yards, stealing bird feeders, eating our gardens and garbage, looking into our windows, and yes, sometimes sitting in our hammocks. They have no qualms about making our yards their playground or homes. After all, they were here first.

All photos were submitted by Easton residents. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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