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Counting Bunnies

Grey59  /
From an outsiders point of view, Swiss people might seem to have a strange relation to the local wild life. First of all, you barely ever see any. There are deer, foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and other furry creatures in the woods but  I can count on my fingers how many times I've actually seen a wild animal in Switzerland. They are terribly shy and it's an exciting event to go for a walk in the woods and run into a deer. However, I've seen a good share of wild mice but mostly in a dead state (thanks to my cat) and also some blindworms and snakes.

Secondly, Swiss people like to know how many of each species we actually have living inside Switzerland. Okay, not everyone wants to know but enough people and institutions are interested in those numbers that they organize yearly counting events for the different animals. Just recently I saw an add for the counting of bunnies near the city of Laufen. The local hunting club and nature protection society actually work together on that and count the bunnies with halogen lamps from their vehicles. A bit strange that those societies work together but I've heard they've worked together on several occasions here in Switzerland...

Wild life in Switzerland can also be quite dangerous. No, it's not very likely that you'll be attacked by a bear or a wolf (we have a few of them in some mountain valleys). However, just recently a friend of mine run over a deer with his car and damaged his car quite badly. The deer was injured and an official huntsman had to come put it down. In order to avoid such accidents (that can end badly for drivers as well), there are road signs all over Switzerland warning drivers of crossing wild life. Especially in winter with the ice and snow on the roads, one should be especially careful...

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