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Feral? Who? Daisy?

Media only seems to talk about street dogs when they gravely hurt humans and then the media paints an elaborately sensational narrative of the "feral …

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Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carb - Anthropocene

Trees lining city streets, in public and private gardens, in parks, and in patches of urban woodland do a lot for cities. They help mitigate air …

Ecology

The unsung contributions of urban scavengers

Urban scavengers such as gulls, crows, and foxes are fantastically efficient at removing roadkill from cities, spiriting away small carcasses within …

Giant hogweed, plant that causes blindness and third-degree burns, discovered in Virginia

"Giant Hogweed" sounds like a mythical plant that the students of Hogwarts may study, but it's real -- and it's dangerous. The plant grows in the …

Hogweed

Mammals Go Nocturnal in Bid to Avoid Humans

Humans, it turns out, can annoy more than just one another. In fact, some animal populations are escaping their Homo sapiens cohabitants by sleeping more during the day, a new study finds.<p>Mammals across the globe are becoming increasingly nocturnal to avoid humans’ expanding presence, according to …

Research

Homeless people on their pets: 'She saved me as much as I saved her'

Heather, 22, Seattle<p>Before we found Poppy, I didn’t feel like I had anything to wake up for. I was going through a rough time in my life and didn’t care about myself. I’d been homeless since my parents told me to leave our family house in June 2016 and was so miserable in my situation. Everywhere I …

Pets

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

NEW YORK (AP) — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says.<p>Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming more vigilant and reducing time spent looking for food, many mammals may travel to remote areas or move …

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How an anxious, lost raccoon conquered a Minnesota skyscraper — and our hearts

The internet sensation of the past 24 hours, explained.<p>Every once in a while, a story comes around that reminds us of the sheer power of grit and determination. This time, it is a raccoon that climbed a UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota.<p>The saga of MPR Raccoon — or #MPRraccoon, as it became …

Vacant lots are full of nature. How do we keep them that way?

Vacant lots are islands of wildness in the urban jungle: small and scraggly yet bountiful and biodiverse, a place to enjoy nearby nature and a home …

Endangered Species and the Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’

<i>This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Her name was Lola. No, not “L-O-L-A, Lola,” from the Kinks’ …

Cities: Where the Wild Things Are

By Jeff Turrentine<p>I used to live in a hilly, temperate corner of the American west, right near the banks of a meandering river. On late-evening walks …

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why you shouldn't

I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.<p>Why? Because spiders are an important part of …

The ghosts of nature’s past are making a comeback - Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Español<p>Alligators live in fresh water. They can handle a few hours of saltwater, maybe a day at most, but fresh is …

Hong Kong’s real-life Isle of Dogs, and the volunteers who help care for unwanted pets left to die

In filmmaker Wes Anderson’s new animated comedy <i>Isle of Dogs</i> , Japan’s entire canine population is banished to a fictional Trash Island following a …

Maryland deputy fatally shoots groundhog as it crosses road, video shows

<b>SYKESVILLE, Md. --</b> A video posted to social media shows a Maryland deputy shoot a groundhog as it was trying to cross a road. CBS Baltimore reports …

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The ecologists who think moving to cities will save the planet

As far as professions go, conservationists are not known for their optimism. And, with the future of the planet looking so bleak, who can blame them? …

Financial Services

Editorial: Behavioural and Ecological Consequences of Urban Life in Birds

<b>Editorial on the research topic</b> <b><br>Behavioural and Ecological Consequences of Urban Life in Birds</b><p>Introduction<p>The footprint of urban areas continues to …

Land purchase makes possible big-cat crossing over — or under — I-15 in Riverside County

Mountain lions that roam two Southern California mountain ranges separated by a freeway are the impetus for a recent land purchase — the first step toward creating a wildlife crossing to enable the pumas to mingle and breed.<p>The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 73-acre property adjacent to the …

This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

UrbanFootprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.<p>When a state senator in California proposed a bill that would require …

Urban Design

Socioecological Science is Failing Cities. The Humanities Can Help

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part …

How leopards in Mumbai may save human lives

It’s often not easy to live beside big predators. People have an instinctive and very understandable wariness of large, meating-eating wild animals, …

Public Health

Mumbai's leopards have killed humans – but could they also be saving lives?

A fleeting glimpse of the black spots and gold fur of a leopard is not an uncommon sight at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the Indian city of Mumbai.<p>Leopards are often thought of as a threat to humans, but rather than being a problem in Mumbai, they may actually be helping their human neighbours – …

How do coyotes thrive in urban Southern California? The answer is not for the weak-stomached

Danielle Martinez donned a lab coat, pulled on a pair of latex gloves and adjusted her safety goggles in preparation for one of biology's little surprises.<p>"They're like Christmas packages," she said of the cantaloupe-sized coyote stomachs before her. "You never know what you're going to find …

Cameras capture a mountain lion using a culvert to cross 101 Freeway

For only the second time in 16 years, a mountain lion has been recorded crossing the 101 Freeway south into the Santa Monica Mountains, National Park Service officials said Tuesday.<p>Moving under the freeway through a pitch black culvert the length of two football fields, the mountain lion identified …

Call of the (Urban) Wild

By Jaymi Heimbuch<p>Coyotes in urban spaces have become the new normal. There is now a large, and growing, population of coyotes in San Francisco. …

Cougar makes its way right up to Brookfield home

Another Mountain Lion Spotted Roaming Through Westlake Village Neighborhood

About a week after a Westlake Village mother and young son saw a mountain lion pressing against their sliding glass door, another mountain lion was …

Chernobyl's abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the roughly 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents …