Some Hillside Mammals
The stripped skunk (Mephitis mephtisis) is a native species to most of the continental United States, northern Mexico, and southern Canada. They are most commonly known for their highly-developed musked filled scent glan that wards off predators. Their diet consists mainly of inscets like grasshoppers, crickets, and larvee, but they are also known to alter their diets to include invertibrates and plants.
Little brown bat
Eastern gray squirrel
The Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is the most common rabbit species in North America, and it therefore forms a prominent component of several predators’ diets. Predators include domestic cats and dogs, coyotes, weasels, raccoons, great horned owls, and snakes. Their own diet depends greatly on what is available, and can include twigs and bark of woody vegetation, flowers, seeds, fruits, etc. They are active year round, but are most commonly spotted during their breeding season (in NY, this is Feb. to Sept.). They are hosts to fleas, ticks, lice, among other pests and diseases. For more information, click here for a Cornell Blog or here for the Wikipedia Page.
Coyotes & coywolves
Coyotes and coywolves are making a comeback in Hastings. This is actually helpful in reducing deer population. However, beware: keep your dog close by and be careful not to let your housecat out at night. Coyotes once even attacked a toddler in Rye, and two rabid coyotes made headlines in 2018, as they tore through Hastings and Yonkers.