Animal Control?


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Hey guys,

I was sitting in Starbucks today, reading the New York Times app on my tablet (classy and a little cliched, I know) and I came across this story. Apparently due to the lack of precipitation we've been having this year, forest-dwelling animals-- particularly bears-- have been leaving their habitats and wandering into urban areas to find food. This presents number of problems.

First of all, we should know why an animal like a bear would even consider leaving the lush vegetation and cover of a forest to wander into residential areas with big, open streets. I think we all remember how little snowfall the entire United States received this past winter. It's my understanding that there was a record-setting low for precipitation-- not just this winter, but all year as well. Consequently, the small insects and animals that the larger ones feed off of cannot thrive, and therefore die off. This is a particularly big issue with the deer population. Since there are no deer and other small herbivores, the bears apparently feel compelled to wander into places like bars, stores and even homes.

I, myself, am wondering how the towns and cities affected by the wandering bears are going to handle this issue in the future-- especially now that autumn is just around the corner and bears have a huge daily calorie intake to prepare for hibernation. Obviously we can't have bears wandering around in residential areas. It's not safe for the bears and it's not safe for the people. Should the cities affected put up fences? Enlist a nightly watch program?

What do all of you think?

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this is a very serious issue that is only going to get worst from industrialization and eco-decay. when these critical ecosystems are becoming mixed up and animals are wandering off new animals will be found in odd areas: very serious issue for the community.

The way I look at it is, the places that feel they may be a target of bears coming to find food should make a protection plan and maybe invest in walls to exclude them from society. But, with the economy we live in today I'm curious as to where, how tall, and the cost it would take to keep bears away? I don't think having a night watch would help, but having the community aware of the danger and chance of a bear coming to town could help in keeping them a little safer.

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