Delightfully, perhaps even remarkably, they show just how well medium and even larger mammals, as well as game birds and raptors, are adjusting to living within short distances of large concentrations of human beings. Let's hope it stays that way for a long time - for Mother Earth, the animals, and ourselves.
The photos come courtesy to Carolina Critters and Other Animals of the South by a gentleman named Tommy Wade. Mr. Wade is a hard-working and very successful family man and we at the CA can't thank him enough.
Personally, here's the way I like to look at it: a retired woodsman friend of mine in Tennessee takes care of problem animals for people in that state. He prefers to trap and release when possible. One time he was employed by a fellow with a lot of rural property who had some domesticated fowl being taken at night and hired the friend to take care of the coyotes - all of them. The friend told the man that he would identify the problem without having to kill the whole lot of them. Fine, the man said, and he agreed to the hunter's caveat and how he wanted to proceed.
It turned out that the culprit was a slightly crippled and aged coyote who could no longer hunt well. The woodsman told me he felt bad about having to take the old boy out, but at least he solved the man's nemesis without having to kill every single wild canine night howler who otherwise were causing no upsets to this particular farmer. In conclusion, this certainly might seem to be a nature and wildlife friendly way to do things.
Tommy might put his trail cams out again in the hope of maybe catching a bear image on them. If he does we'll surely try and get it up on the article for folks to see.