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Ewing, NJ 08628

Wildlife

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Human-wildlife interactions have increasingly become an issue as habitat loss from modern urban sprawl increases. As we encroach on the once pristine wild areas that had been home to various forms of wildlife, we find ourselves sharing our neighborhoods with them. Ewing's natural areas and neighborhoods are abundant in native wildlife such as fox, coyotes, raccoons, hawks, deer, Canadian geese, groundhogs, rabbits, opossum, snakes and even the occasional bear.   They all have a role to play and make significant ecosystem contributions.   For example:

  • The opossum is a veritable tick vacuum. A single opossum might eat an astonishing 5,000 ticks in a week.
  • Squirrels play a huge role in forest regeneration due to their food storage habits.
  •  A single little brown bat can consume up to 3,000 mosquito sized in a single night. 
  • The fox is a predator of small rodents such mice and rabbits.

 So you are encouraged to care... and share!  Help keep them wild!

Bears

The Black bear is native to New Jersey and bears has been seen in all 21 counties. They have been reported in town on several occasions. Smaller animals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, fox, and woodchucks... may all be regular visitors. Ewing Township recommends caution in dealing with any species of wildlife.

Residents should report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive Black Bears directly to the NJ DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337) or their local police department. (See Rutgers Black Bears Fact Sheet.)

Tips to Avoid Bear Encounters

  • Bears are omnivores and food attracts them. Clean all food from the outdoors, including decks, porches and grills.
  • Feed your pets indoors and remove any uneaten food and bowls that they used outdoors.
  • Bird food is also an attractant. Hang bird feeders at least 10 feet high off the ground.
  • Garbage handling tips
    • Make sure that you trash is secure. Use bear resistant containers.
    • Put garbage at the curb on garbage day, not the day before.
    • Keep garbage containers clean and wash with disinfectant to remove odors that attract them.

Smaller mammals

Fawns - What to Know if You Find a Fawn

  1. FawnDo not touch the fawn!
  2. Ninety-nine percent of "Fawn Calls" do not involve orphans.
  3. Generally, if there is no dead doe in the area or on nearby roads, the fawn is not an orphan.
  4. Fawns do not give off a scent. Often, does will not return to their fawns until well after dark, for fear of leading a predator to the fawn.
  5. Keep yourself and pets far away from the fawn. It may take a good 24 hours for a doe to feel safe enough to return to her fawn. If a mother were to return to her fawn prematurely, she might risk leading a predator directly to her fawn.
  6. If the fawn has wandered into someone's garage, or other precarious position, gently coax the fawn out or move to a quiet, nearby site while wearing gloves. Do not move the fawn too far.
  7. Coyotes, dogs, cats, raccoons, construction, etc. are not reasons for fawn removal. These are things that deer must encounter on a daily basis in New Jersey. A mother deer will move her fawn away from danger if given the chance.
  8. Fawns are born late May through the end of June, with the peak number born in early June. Mother deer often give birth at night in areas (such as people's front yards) which may seem perfectly safe at night but differ drastically during daylight hours.
  9. For the first 5 days after birth, fawns will not run when approached. Instead, they will exhibit "freeze behavior". They lie still when approached, even permitting handling with little resistance. From the 7th day on, fawns will exhibit "flight behavior" when approached. By one month of age fawns venture out to browse with their mothers.
  10. Above all do no harm! If the fawn appears to be orphaned or injured please call: Ewing Township Animal Control: (609) 883-2900 X7175 (Animal Control Officer or X7619 (Health Administrator, Teri Vacira.) Nights and weekends call (609) 882-1313.

The above applies to young fawns only (under 3 months of age).

Rabies

Rabies can be a serious threat and bites from animals that are not rabid can also be painful. Stray animals roaming your neighborhood can pose a real danger as they are probably unvaccinated. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from rabies is to vaccinate your pets and avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them even if they seem friendly.

If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to animal control. Small mammals are also carriers of the deer ticks that cause Lyme disease. If anyone comes across any wildlife that appears ill, do not try to handle it, but rather call Animal Control at (609) 883-2900 ext. 7175 or the Police Department after hours.

Help Keep Animals Wild

Do not feed...
Do not encourage wildlife by feeding or leaving food for them.  Human food is not healthy for them.  Wild animals have specialized diets, and they can become malnourished or die if fed the wrong foods. Check the US. Department of Agriculture site for more information

Exotic Pets

Protect yourself and the environment. Wild and exotic animals should not be kept as pets. Some of these pets, if released into the environment, can cause irreversible and costly damage to our ecosystems. People often get these animals when they are small and then have few options when the animals grow too large or dangerous to handle. They may carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to humans. 

The Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades provide a sobering example of the incalculable damage to our native ecoystems due to release of exotic pets.

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