Just read an article in the Saturday Wall Street Journal about how the wildlife populations, especially in the East, are recovering and starting to cause problems in suburban areas. Reforestation has produced needed habitats in rural areas as well as urban and suburban areas. Everything from property damage, car wrecks, predation of pets, etc., has apparently begun to catch the attention of local and state governments. I've attached a .pdf of the article for those interested in reading it as well.
My question, since I don't get to the East coast very often, is about the wildlife populations there. Are there really that many suburban deer roaming the neighborhoods? How often are coyotes seen in the parks? Are larger predators like bears found digging through trash in not just the rural areas, but the suburban communities too?
If the wildlife populations are really at all time high numbers in many states, the question we should be asking our state wildlife agencies is what are their plans for maintaining the populations and their overall health. Can hunting be used as a tool to help control the wildlife populations in suburban areas?
Maybe should have posted this in a different forum. Oh well, here it is. What's your opinion.