The biggest mystery I’m working on solving is finding out what exactly happened to the animal wildlife in Tuxedo Park, New York.
We’ve lived in TP since 1992, and prior to that had spent a lot of time there visiting my parents and friends who moved there after discovering how beautiful it was.
One of the Park’s great glories was its wide and splendid assortment of forest animals – gentle deer and opossums, groundhogs, chipmunks, raccoon families, squirrels, wild turkey hordes, black bears, abandoned and often feral cats (we adopted many of them), and a vast array of other residents and transients.
They are all gone now. Our only visitors now are crows.
The “deer culling” programs of the past, which justifiably caused loud local consternation and controversy, have clearly been replaced by something more sinister.
But what? Bins of poisoned corn in the woods?
Tuxedo Park was once a place absolutely teeming with animal life. Sighting newborn fawn deer every late spring gladdened hearts and raised hope.
The woods now are sterile and silent.