As we humans have pushed wildlife farther and farther away, taking up their fields and mountains with our freeways, fenced-in yards, and houses it is amazing to see how wildlife has adapted and even pushed back.
This has been on my mind since I saw a PBS program about Coywolves, a wolf/coyote hybrid. Amazing and resourceful creatures that began somewhere along the eastern US/Canada border and have spread to a sizable chunk of the US northeast.
With the human penchant for spreading out nature is finding plenty of ways to live amongst us. We all know about the ever-resourceful rat from the plague-spreading variety of the 14th century to our more modern roof rats.
Here are some examples of animal adaptions from my lunchtime observations today:
I watched a female sparrow work her way along the front of a line of parked cars at a shopping center. At every bumper she jumped up and looked for an insect lunch caught on the grill of the vehicle. Smart visit to a mobile cafeteria?
I watched a mink dash from behind some buildings to clamber down among rocks beside the river where we often go to consume our fast-food lunch. I’ve seen that same mink return, fish in mouth. I’m guessing it lives at a close-by pond. Lots of cars and oblivious tourists all around - rows of houses too.
And while eating that afore-mentioned lunch seagulls, blackbirds, and ravens watched and hoped for a handout. Failing that they were willing to raid the trashcans for leftovers.
A few minutes perusing Youtube yields: bears up city trees and in urban swimming pools, deer cavorting with dogs, wild turkeys invading yards (got those here!), and more. TV news covers stories of alligator attacks, feral chickens (not the current home-coddled variety) proliferating, pythons & parrots, introduced by accident (or carelessness) and doing just fine for themselves.