COVID-19 could turn out to be a good thing for wildlife.
There is less traffic on roads, less pollution in the air and fewer people out and about, and animals have taken notice.
South Africa is in lockdown and a ranger at Kruger National Park has reported lions sleeping on the streets. Monkey’s are popping up in large numbers in urban centres in Thailand, herds of deer have entered normally jammed subway stations in Japan and coyotes are roaming the quiet streets of San Francisco.
Canada is no exception. The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) said there has been increased sightings of wildlife occurring all across the country. In the first few days of April, the Federation points out there were 15,000 new sightings, compared to 9,500 for the same period last year.
The CWF is not about to suggest a “re-wilding” of cities or of nature bounding back, adding the jury is still out on whether there will be a lasting effect on animal populations. The organization said the human impact on animals is still enormous, including roads and dams that cut through their habitats.
The CWF is urging people to keep garbage lids sealed and avoid feeding wild animals, as this often causes problems for them down the line.
The agency said seeing wildlife can offer people a rare bright spot in a difficult time.
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