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Joseph A Hrinda BIOG 115 May 4, 2007 Article : Animals Without Borders Source : All Animals Publication : Winter 2007, pg 19 Cornered by rampant urban expansion, some species have learned to adapt and even thrive out of the wild. This article begins with a woman by the name of Heather Ogston and her family. They had just moved in to their new home in Roseville, California. Mrs. Ogston was tired of traditional when she decided to do something unconventional and transform her yard which primary consisted of grass to a wild garden. During this transformation period, Mrs. Ogston’s yard has become a safe haven for local wildlife species, including raccoons, opossums, and owls. Each year more and more wildlife has flourished in Mrs. Ogston’s yard. “Ogston’s situation is typical in today’s North American suburbs. As rural spaces are paved over with asphalt and suburban housing developments replace farmland, backyards, become the default habitats of displaced animals, making encounters with them all more common.” Although a variety of species have suffered population decreases due to loss of habitats; much of the wildlife has adapted surprisingly well to their human neighbors. “They’ve found warm, comfortable homes under decks, chimneys, including safe retreats from predators, and an abundance of food from landscape plants and other sources from humans.” The majority of these species have discovered means of surviving through niches in urban areas, such as the coyotes and alligators, which have discovered alternative means of locating food and staying undetected by humans. “Coyotes have learned to be active at night to avoid people,” says ecologist John Way, author of Suburban Howls . Coyotes are extremely successful in their adaptation to survival at night. Western American species of coyotes exist in every state except Hawaii, now. Traditionally urban areas were not thought of as viable habitat for wildlife but coyotes are living proof that there is a potential.
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