Last night I could hear a coyote and there was a black bear spotted in my area a quarter mile from where I live. So, on the islands what type of animals could be hurtful. Please don't say human beings as we have those here also?
On STX, some people seem stressed by the pythons out west. I see them as a good way to control the feral cat and wild dog problems we have. The smaller ones eat a lot of rats too. They're really quite docile. I had a few Burmese Pythons as pets when I was much younger. The locals just like to slaughter them out of fear.
We’ve got deer that sound louder than any deer I’m familiar with in the North East. In the evening their all over the top of our property. We refer to them as “velociraptors” as per the vicious dinosaurs that hunt in packs in the Jarrasic Park movies. Other than the damage they do to the garden (which can be extreme, especially during a drought) they’re harmless.
The large Iguana can be intimidating, but also harmless.
The thing you need to watch though are the local Roosters. After their ear piercing crowing, they’ll charge and tear you to threads... 😉
Dogs that run in packs can kill livestock and domestic pets.
Also, lots of feral cats lurking about.
mosquito borne diseases are a concern
Cows walking in the road can be a dangerous occurence
Spiders hidden in your shoes are an occasional problem
Flying termite swarms are bothersome and a risk to wooden structures
Dogs roaming free, even from private homes can be dangerous, and a deterrent to walking the neighborhood or roads
Possession of a python in the V.I. should be a felony. They should be killed on sight. They will wipe out fairly rare native species, birds and amphibians. Some reptilian loving turdball released a Gaboon Viper on a walking path in the Northeast a few years ago. It was found dead, but how freakin' stupid? I'm thinking baseball bat for both species.
Thank you so much for the information on harmful animals. We will be on St Thomas on the 22nd of this month and will come fully armed to fight off dogs, cats, spiders, bugs, iguanas, the cow in the road, and deer. Actually your responses have made me feel more at peace knowing that something will not eat me alive. Now, what about this crazy flesh eating bacteria that is killing people who go in the water?