Where The Wild Things Are

In our North Dallas neighborhood, apparently…

This sign is currently by the side of the road in Far, Far North Dallas…on Davenport…north of Campbell and south of Frankfort. And while many reading this entry might find it incredulous that such warnings are necessary, we can speak from experience…

There’s critters ’round these here parts.

As I’ve mentioned now and then, we seem to have an abundance of wildlife in the area, mostly along the several creeks and railroad right-of-ways in this area of town.

In the past two years, we’ve personally seen the following:

— Hawks (lots)
— Coyotes (several)
— Rabbits (so many, that they must be multiplying like, well, rabbits…)
— A Red Fox
— Two Armadillos
— Numerous Raccoons
— A Possum (in our actual backyard!)

We have not yet seen a bobcat. But I assume this sign is out because, from what I’ve heard, there was an actual bobcat sighting very near my parent’s house last week. (Less than a mile from here…one creek over…)

The last animal sighting by me personally was a Coyote, just last week while I was walking the Kiowa Creek trail at the bottom of the hill.

It was about 5 in the afternoon, and the Coyote was walking –rather nonchalantly– from the end of an alley, across the street, and back into the Kiowa greenbelt. He was only about fifty to a hundred feet in front of me, and if I hadn’t been so stunned I would’ve remembered to whip out my camera and take a shot (picture, that is…). He turned, looked at me as if in total boredom, then slowly loped back into the brush and creek bottom.

What most folks don’t realize is that most every North Dallas creek eventually winds its way down to White Rock Creek, and into its vast greenbelt/lake area. And there are lots of critters down there.

Basically, our little neighborhood creeks are critter superhighways.

They find their way up and down these green areas, and pop out now and then…right in the middle of suburbia.

It bothers a lot of people, from what I can tell. So, I know this next thought will probably not be popular with everyone.

I personally think it’s marvelous. North Dallas could use a little more wildness now and then.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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