It’s a simple fact that our modern society is not a rural one. Over the past hundred years in particular we’ve seen our cities build up and our farmlands expand. This has had a lot of impact on ecosystems and habitats of myriad animals. When their habitat is shrinking along with their food supply what can they do but move into human territory? That move often brings them in direct conflict with people. As such, many families and business experience increasing need for wildlife removal and Chicago Squirrel Control.
An animal that’s been seen in the news and in reports recently is the coywolf. Why mention it? Because it’s a prime example of animals adapting and moving human territory. People might expect to see such creatures on the outskirts of suburbs perhaps. However the coywolf in particular has been seen in large cities. The coyote wolf hybrid has been sighted in Boston, Washington, and even the Bronx. Stories have been relayed of these coywolves eating rodents as well as pets. While this is a very specific example it does illustrate the way in which our modern life has forced animals to adapt and come into humanity’s living areas.
This is something that happens all over the country. In the Southwest of the United States javelinas, a member of the same family as pigs, have been sighted in cities like Tucson. These sometimes 50 pound animals can rip irrigation systems out while foraging, cause damage to house foundations while trying to find a place to sleep, and get into garbage causing all sorts of mess. Anecdotal reports have javelinas as sometimes startling drivers making them a possible driving hazard as well.
In the Pacific Northwest mountain lions, also known as cougars or pumas, are being pushed out of former habitats and into cities. Mountain lions are a large predator but typically didn’t attack humans in the past. In a hundred year period up until 1990 there were 53 reported attacks. From that time to 2004 there were an additional 35 attacks. They also reportedly prey on people’s pets as well. A few years ago there were many pictures taken of a mountain lion in a Seattle city park. The Midwest has had similar problems with predators, with coyotes invading the cities en masse. There have been reports of these urban coyotes attack people and their pets. Some researchers say cities like Chicago have thousands.
This is not a problem exclusive to the United States. It’s a worldwide phenomenon. National Geographic reported on wild boars living and breeding in the German metropolis of Berlin. There have been leopards studied in the bustling city of Mumbai. Moscow has such a large population of wild dogs that the animals have actually learned how to ride the subway system. It is a rising and concerning problem.