Last night’s winds dropped a lot of – but not nearly all -- wild apples here. (By “wild” we mean those from the many unattended apple trees.)
The fruit is a good winter food source for a wide spectrum of wildlife – bear, moose, deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, gulls, and many songbirds.
The only problem is that dropped apples can ferment and make animals drunk – we’ve seen wild turkeys wobble, fall over, and get up seemingly giggling. A few years ago, a big, apple-eating bull moose got drunk and held part of Anchorage, Alaska, at bay; the local newspaper named him “Buzzwinkle.” (Brooklin, Maine)