“Wild”animals in town!
For the last decade I have been seeing more and more reports of wild animals coming into towns, suburban backyards and even inner cities. Now, the forest services and wildlife management has continually said that these occurrences are due to habitat destruction, harsh winters, droughts in summers and people luring animals in with food and trash. In part this is true. I am going to touch on another reason that they do not talk about. It simply goes deeper then that.
Let us look at the time frames of when humans began to build walls around them to keep the wild world at bay, and the now. When humans first began to try and separate themselves from the wild world, they had very little in the way of development and the wild areas were far greater in size. The amount of humans was also far less then it is today with our 6 billion or so that walk the Earth Mother. So, it was that the animals had plenty of land, food, water, shelter, community and pure freedom. As human population grew, so did the development. This is well know and obvious. So, today we have vast amounts of developed land across the world and tremendous amounts of habitat destruction occurs everyday. Now this all gives rise to the reasons that the wildlife management and forest service group have presented for many years.
What they do not touch upon is the evolution of the animals. If you look back through history it becomes obvious that the animals evolved to live without the need to exist around humans and their settlements. They had vast amounts of wilderness to roam and live. So, their offspring grew and lived without this need as well. However, as time has progressed and the world has become what it is right now, the animals have had to adapt. The ever changing environment and availability of wild land presents a very dramatic energy upon all life. So, with these severe changes in the environment, caused by the over development of humans, the wild has had to learn to adapt and evolve. The animals generation ago were different then they are today, just as humans are. The animals had to learn to adapt to the presence of humans and their developments to survive. These adaptations have been past down from generation to generation in the animal kingdom. So it is today that the “wild” animals have evolved to a state of familiarity with the human life. They are no longer as fearful as they once were. They have no choice to to be interactive with the human developed world.
The time when a squirrel could travel from Maine to Tennessee without ever touching the ground are gone. Humans have seen to that. So, the squirrel adapted and now combines tree travel with that of rooftops and wires. It is not different with the Elk who now migrate along their ancient migratory paths that meander through the middle of towns. The bears that once enjoyed vast open spaces to live, now wander through backyards and claim them as part of their territory. Same goes for the mountain lion, the bobcat, the fox, the hawk, the eagle, the jaguar and the coyote who can bee seen in the inner cities! The animals you see today in town are the offspring of the parents and grandparents who evolved to become accustomed and unafraid of the human sprawl. Evolution of many species… this is why they are within the developed areas now like they never have been before.
They animals of today, like their ancestors, seek to teach us lessons. Watch as they travel close to us in the developed areas as though it has always been this way. Watch how they travel amongst us in the modern world and adapt to live. They show us lessons. They can live with us, can humans learn to live with them? Can humans evolve to embrace our animal relations? Is the human species open enough to evolve into a state of acceptance and primal understanding? I do hope so, truly I do hope so for not only the benefit of our animal relations and plant relations, but also for our future generations.
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