Backyard Creatures: Urban Wildlife

While living in the heart of a city, backyard creatures are a part of urban life.  The creatures that once inhabited our backyard included feral and domestic cats, gophers, and other illusive pests that ate up the tender stalks of any newly planted vegetables. Years ago, our next-door neighbor’s yard was an overgrown jungle, providing shelter and hiding places for the urban wildlife.  Outdoor cats could be counted on to keep rodents at bay.  Wild visitors included raccoons, skunks, and squirrels.  A family of raccoons once invaded our house by entering through a now defunct cat…

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