International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


David Tylka


Many wild animals can adapt to living in cities, provided that the right habitats are available and that city dwellers accept their presence. Suitable habitats can be furnished by traditional parks, tracts of "wild acres" set aside by cities, linear parks, cemeteries and golf courses, and transportation corridors. Buildings, rooftops, and institutional grounds can also provide a habitat for animals like birds and butterflies. Suburban areas can encourage the growth of local wildlife by neglecting to mow common grounds or allowing sections of individual lawns to grow with wild vegetation.