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Inside Ecology: Carnivores in the City: Making Friends with Our Wild Neighbours

Inside Ecology, a science-focused outlet in the UK, republished this Trusting Wildlands piece from Senior Conservation Scientist with Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, Dr. Robert Long. In the article, Dr. Long reminds us that being neighborly to urban carnivores is good for them AND us.

Many cities are striving to become greener thanks to mounting evidence that trees, parks and semi-wild spaces provide multiple benefits to human-health and well-being. This process will also favour medium-sized urban carnivores, who can, in turn, help to regulate populations of raccoons, opossums, skunks and rodents – animals that can decimate native bird populations if left unchecked.

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