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Monday, October 31, 2005

Wild Turkey at Your Door? Introducing "The New Wild"

"Lush landscaping, trash bins filled with scraps, overflowing bird feeders, and house pets that make easy prey lure animals in increasing numbers and are transforming subdivisions into the new wild."

Recent news article in the Boston Globe details the increased interactions with wildlife in relation to sprawl-type developement.

Of interest in the reaction of people when these interacts turn confrontational. Also, interesting how the free market system come into play as well.

''These animals are coming onto suburban properties because they're extraordinarily attractive for feeding and breeding," said Stephen Meyer, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology political science professor who moonlights on the advisory committee of the state's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. ''The densities of squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and raccoons is higher in suburbia than it is out in the wild woods, because we're offering them more attractive places to live."

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