November 5, 2012

Man v. Wild!

By M. Reed Hopper Senior Attorney

The Wall Street Journal has one of the most fascinating articles I have ever read about the conflict between people and wildlife.  The article is written by Jim Sterba and entitled “America Gone Wild.”  To whet your appetite, here is an excerpt:

“Welcome to the nature wars, in which Americans fight each other over too much of a good thing—expanding wildlife populations produced by our conservation and environmental successes. We now routinely encounter wild birds and animals that our parents and grandparents rarely saw. As their numbers have grown, wild creatures have spread far beyond their historic ranges into new habitats, including ours. It is very likely that in the eastern United States today more people live in closer proximity to more wildlife than anywhere on Earth at any time in history.

“In a world full of eco-woes like species extinctions, this should be wonderful news—unless, perhaps, you are one of more than 4,000 drivers who will hit a deer today, or your child’s soccer field is carpeted with goose droppings, or feral cats have turned your bird feeder into a fast-food outlet, or wild turkeys have eaten your newly planted seed corn, or beavers have flooded your driveway, or bears are looting your trash cans. And that’s just the beginning.”

The article is comprehensive, humorous, educational, and thought provoking.  Check it out!

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