Wild animals are adapting to city life and thriving

A coyote boarded a train in Portland, Oregon.

Cities are seen as the hardest place for the hardiest of animals to exist. They are seen as environmental wastelands. But more and more wild animals are adjusting to life in the city as scientists in the the urban ecology field are finding.

 

 

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GPS-Collared Coyotes to Control Rodents in Chicago

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Coyote in Chicago

Most of the time when a city has a rodent problem, they call in human exterminators. But Chicago seems to be testing out something slightly more… natural. After spotting a coyote running down State Street in Chicago, residents became aware of a project the city is testing out that includes allowing GPS-fitted coyotes to run free in the city specifically for them to gobble up problematic pests like rats, mice and rabbits. (Video)

 

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Stunning Photos of Curious Whales

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This massive right whale came up to wildlife photographer Brian Skerry with “great curiosity, but no aggression.”

The ocean’s whales are some of the Earth’s most massive and majestic animals, reaching sizes of up to 80 feet long and 150 tons. As the targets of centuries of whaling, they have a violent history — and are still recovering from an industry that depleted their numbers substantially. (Pics)

 

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Squirrel – The Other White Meat and It’s Sustainable, Too

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The other white meat.

Move over kangaroo,  horse, and nutria – there’s a new meat on the supermarket shelves at Budgens in the UK – it’s squirrel. Squirrel has been eaten in the U.S. south for ages, and Budgens owner Andrew Thornton told the Guardian that he sells as many as 15 squirrels a week. Rather than cull these furry animals that abound on urban streets, Thornton said he thinks it is more sustainble….

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Stunning Up Close Photos with Nature’s Most Dangerous Predators

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A Siberian tiger glares into the lens as British photographer Jonathan Griffiths inches close to get his shot.

With a sprinkling of snow covering his face, this stunning Siberian tiger relaxes in the Montana mountains.  While he may look cuddly, it would take just a few swift movements to swipe the photographer behind the lens with his huge paw. (Pics)

 

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Great White Sharks Now One of the Most Endangered Creatures on Earth

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Fewer great white sharks are left in the oceans than there are tigers surviving on Earth

They are known as one of the deadliest creatures on Earth.  But according to a shocking new study, great white sharks are also one of the most endangered. (Pics)

 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Stripped of Prize Over Staged Photo of “Wolf Jumping Over Fence”

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“Wolf jumping over fence”

The Natural History Museum’s wildlife photographer of the year has been stripped of his £10,000 prize, after judges found he was likely to have hired a tame Iberian wolf to stage the image of a species seen rarely in the wild.

 

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