Things I’ve Almost Hit on the Merritt Parkway

Things I’ve Almost Hit on the Merritt Parkway
8 comments, 05/06/2014, by , in LOCAL, WEIRD
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I saw an animal the other day on the Merritt. I was driving to work headed northbound through Westport. It was about 4:30a in the morning. I saw what looked like a dog sprint into the roadway. I hit the brakes and the animal turned and I stared directly into his eyes. His nose was pointed much more than a dog. It wasn’t a dog at all, it was a wolf. As I sped down to about ten miles per hour we stared at each other until I ultimately won the stare-off and he sprinted into the woods. Oh shit, I thought to myself, that was a wolf.

What I didn’t expect to happen was for no one to believe me. My father scoffed at the idea and said that I probably saw a fox. It wasn’t a fox, you know how I know? Because I almost hit one of those this morning. Yes, a fox, it was reddish in color and smaller. It turns out that most of my friends and family think I made up my wolf story. No one believes me.

I don’t understand why people are so skeptical. I see deer daily on the side of the road with their entire family of fawns surrounding them… I’ve sat in traffic while wild turkeys meandered through the cars… and have been caught by surprise when a hawk has swooped down dangerously close to the hood of my car. The Merritt is like a wildlife preserve.

I was actually thinking that we could make extra money for Connecticut by charging admission to our state via the Merritt and call it our Wildlife Tour. Kind of like the safari at Great Adventure in New Jersey. Turns out that not only is the Merritt home to wild animals (and I have to wonder, where do they go during the day to stay hidden from people?) but now farm animals are finding their way onto 95. It was reported last week that a pig had been rescued from I95 in Stratford- How did this little piggy get onto 95? A theory was that he was on his way to the slaughterhouse and jumped off the truck. Now that’s sad- Little did that lil piggy know that he could have been freed if his terrible owner had just taken the Merritt. Then he could have run into the woods and escaped… This little piggy went to the Merritt…

Anyway, so besides a wolf, deer, a coyote, turkeys, hawks, foxes, and a sole pig- What’s the strangest animal you’ve seen on a Connecticut roadway?

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  1. September 21st, 2014 23:50

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  2. Forgotmyname
    May 17th, 2014 11:22

    There was a peacock walking down my road once…

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  3. justme
    May 11th, 2014 19:18

    A bobcat wondered into my backyard in North Branford this past October.  I obviously wasn’t driving or on a roadway, but it was pretty cool.

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  4. ikiji
    May 11th, 2014 12:08

    My buddy hit a mountain lion on 15 where it becomes berlin turnpike. Broke his radiator and took off with his license plate.

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  5. bobby
    May 8th, 2014 23:09

    I was on my way home, driving through the Lichfield hills and was charged by a bull. I was driving a dodge caravan so that’s no real shocker.

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  6. MichaelBlodgett
    May 8th, 2014 1:52

    I get out of work at midnight near some heavily wooded power lines in Bloomfield, a few years ago I saw a wolf run across the road but was told it must have been a dog or large coyote because there are no wolves in CT, well I saw him again Tuesday and wasn’t going to mention it, but since you brought it up……

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  7. HeatherAdamBigler
    May 7th, 2014 21:03

    This is probably what you saw: Eastern wolf-coyote hybrids[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coywolf&action=edit&section=4]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_coyote, an eastern wolf-coyote hybrid, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_wolf-coyote_hybrid, termed eastern coyotes, occur in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Brunswick,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coywolf#cite_note-gnb-8 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Scotia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coywolf#cite_note-nsdnr-9 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_and_Labrador.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coywolf#cite_note-NL-10 The eastern wolf is particularly susceptible to hybridization with the coyote, due to its close relationship to it and its ability to bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_flow between both coyotes and gray wolves. Furthermore, human persecution over a period of 400 years caused a population decline which reduced the number of suitable mates, thus facilitating coyote gene swamping into the eastern wolf population. Aside from posing a threat to a unique species, the resulting eastern wolf-coyote hybrids are too small in size to substitute pure eastern wolves as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apex_predator of moose and deer. The main nucleus of pure eastern wolves is currently concentrated within http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin_Provincial_Park. This susceptibility to hybridization lead to the eastern wolf to being listed as Special Concern under the Canadian Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) and with the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO). By 2001, protection was extended to eastern wolves occurring in the outskirts of the Park, thus no longer depriving Park eastern wolves of future pure-blooded mates. By 2012, the genetic composition of the Park’s eastern wolves was roughly restored to what it was in the mid-1960s than in the 1980s-1990s, when the majority of wolves had large amounts of coyote DNA.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coywolf#cite_note-rutledge-11

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  8. M_Schork
    May 7th, 2014 20:50

    I’ve seen Black Bear in northern CT. Hit and killed one on the north side of the Catskills in NY.

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