Record Story on Wildlife in North Jersey

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Photo montage by The Record.

Jim O’Neill of The Record has a major story in today’s editions about how some animals in suburbia thrive — and create huge problems — while others barely hang on. The NJMC’s Mike Newhouse is quoted. Here’s a sample:

For a variety of reasons, suburbia is growing more wild. Some species are learning to thrive in this human-engineered landscape, leading experts to warn that the number of conflicts between people and wildlife will only increase.

The issue is forcing officials to assess how best to manage these species in places where traditional methods of wildlife management – hunting and trapping – are unpalatable or impractical.

At the same time, as suburbia expands its footprint, other species – those that need specific habitat to survive – struggle to hang on. The bobwhite quail, once common, is virtually extinct in New Jersey, as its grassland habitat disappears. Another bird, the piping plover, crowded out by beachgoers, now numbers about 120 nesting pairs in the state.

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