In Suburbia, It's A Wild, Wild Life

A record share of man-beast conflicts now happen in urban areas.
September 16, 2004, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"In 2002, the US saw a record 237,766 wildlife-human conflicts, according to data collected by the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program. Of those, 38 percent occurred in urban and suburban settings. While the overall number of reported conflicts declined last year, the urban and suburban share rose to 43 percent - the highest reported percentage in at least a decade... Suburban sprawl has also pushed into previously wild areas and, at the same time, provided a safe, food-rich habitat for deer, black bears, coyotes, and other species that can adapt to human presence."

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Published on Thursday, September 16, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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