- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

1. False. They’ll nibble on bird feeder seeds now and then and also enjoy suet.

2. True. Bears rely more on scent and hearing than on sight.

3. False. They sometimes act like buzzards, hacking away at road-killed animals.

4. True. Wear a bright red cap while standing in a blind and see how many ducks you’ll see.

5. False. They’re occasionally seen by hunters along creek banks and such.

6. True. In Southern Maryland and along both states’ Eastern Shore, muskrat are a dinner treat.

7. Dog — by a long shot. Deer are short-distance sprinters, not marathon runners.

8. True. It’s amazing how quickly the little rodents chew up antlers until they’re gone.

9. False. Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are home to quite a large number of bears.

10. False. Bobcats occur in the far western parts of the state.

11. False. Turkeys are social birds and travel in large groups most always.

12. True. They move away from their home territory only when pressed to do so.

13. False. Bears are vagabonds who will cover many miles in a day just to find food or a mate.

14. False. Deer can go a month without eating and still remain healthy.

15. True. Woodpeckers make twice the calling noise as bluejays or turkeys do.

16. False. But a close lookalike, the fisher, a large member of the marten family is a local animal.

17. False. Antlers have far more to do with proper nutrition than age.

18. False. Deer skin is densely covered with hollow hairs, hence they float and swim very well.

19. True. Whenever possible, they’ll run on flat straightaways or uphill.

20. Ruffed grouse without the “l” is correct. These mountain birds are ruffled only when you shoot at them.

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