Recently reports of wild creatures in odd locations have become rather common. Packs of coyotes prowling the hills outside (and inside) of Los Angeles encourage people to construct tall walls or fences around their houses. In the eastern part of the United States, homeowners often place bull in their suburban lawns.
Twenty years back, sightings of wild animals generally occurred in environmentally appropriate areas. These days, the deer roam behind shopping facilities and garden stores on the outskirts of towns sell deer repellent.
Why are these wild creatures invading highly populated areas? The solution is straightforward. The people who moved into the new homes needed schools, hospitals, and shopping centers so even more property was paved over. Animals with survival skills learned to live with people, streets, and populated places.
As rural areas full of bulldozers and noisy construction equipment, some of the wild creatures fled the disturbance. They moved towards the cities, traveling across the green, wooded paths close highways. Once in the suburbs, they discovered some sheltering trees and shrubbery. Deer found gardens. Foxes dined on mice, rats, and the occasional rabbit. Hawks trolled back lawns in search of bird feeders or hung out near the highways looking for unwary mice or rats.
Obviously, some incursion of wildlife has been useful to suburban regions. Their food tastes are good for the area. But once those gorgeous deer begin munching on the azaleas , they are no longer so attractive.
Coyotes, at the west as well as the eastern coyotes that have improved their range considerably, eat vermin, but may gobble up the family cat or a small dog.
The reduction of habitat in the usa is a classic story. Bison and elk lived on the East Coast, however they have been smaller versions of their western cousins. The colonists soon cleared away the forest for farms, homesteads, along with the burgeoning timber enterprise. Trappers went to the woods to harvest creatures’ furs.
Now , there are just a few hidden pockets of virgin forest. The wildlife that depended on such areas is mostly gone. America has created several extinctions for example the end of the famous passenger pigeon. Flocks of passenger pigeons were once so huge, they darkened the skies with their passing. Regardless of the huge numbers of the pigeons, not one is left now. They were hunted into oblivion.
From the south, the Ivory Bill woodpecker dwelt in hardwood bottomland and cypress swamps. But following the Civil War, wood companies invaded, creating more devastation than the war did. Trophy hunters shot occasional Ivory Bills, just to prove they were still about. As sightings diminished, and decades passed, the Ivory Bill woodpecker was assumed to be extinct, doomed by habitat reduction.
The American bison is a recognizable symbol of the United States of America. Bisons have been portrayed on coins, and they reside in our minds as symbols of American wildlife, and stand as the signature creature of the wonderful American prairie. But, the American bison was hauled to the brink of extinction by searching. Buffalo killing excursions were conducted in train windows, and the bison were taken as the trains passed, their bodies left to rot on the plains.
America has done a lot of damage to wildlife in its brief history. The crazy things that lately invade the suburbs display a excellent ability to adapt to improbable surroundings. So, the next time you see something unusual, something a bit different, not quite a dog, and you wonder what you are looking at – perhaps it’s a wild animal, a bear, a coyote, or a fox out there in your own back yard.