Wild American Towns

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Wildlife likes cat food

Recently, I read an article about wildlife in cities.  We may expect cities to displace birds, animals, and plants, buttwo-thirds of the native plant and bird species continue to exist in cities” and some species are evolving to thrive in urban areas.  Large parks and intentional attempts to provide habitat would improve the situation for wildlife.

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Coyote on train, Portland Oregon, Dennis Maxwell AP

Not all urban species may be welcomed with open arms.  That old trickster, the coyote, adapts well to suburbs and cities, as do skunks and raccoons.  All these critters can be dangerous, especially if you expect them to act like characters in a Disney movie.  But if you treat them with respect and plan for your own safety as well as theirs, cities can be refuges.  I live on the border of the Gila National Forest and living with wildlife is, on balance, a good thing.

“The overall picture is not bleak. Cities can provide new habitats that may be quite different from those in natural ecosystems but can still support a variety of species.”

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Look closely – that’s a penguin nest in a storm drain in Cape Town

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