City Growth Means Less Room for Wildlife
As the city of Laredo continues to grow there are more instances of wildlife and humans interacting on a daily basis. A collision on Loop 20 between a deer and a car has some wondering how many more of these accidents we will experience. Our Ryan Bailey spoke to Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden about what to expect as we continue through this dry weather and these animals are looking to survive.
As the city of Laredo continues to grow outward, more and more wildlife is forced to interact with the general public. Monday evening a collision between a deer and an S.U.V. cut the animal in two and sent a pregnant woman to the hospital. According to the fire department it was a precautionary measure and she is fine, but are we going to see more of these types of events as the city continues to grow?
"It's hard to say if it's going to be a greater possibility but it does exist."
Brush areas like this are where the wildlife lives but that area is decreasing as the cities housing developments expand.
"As construction or development continues to expand into the wild areas, into these ranch lands, then we're going to have more and more contact with the animals."
According to the game warden with the lack of rain we have experienced the wildlife will be looking for food and water from some unlikely sources.
"They're going to move to areas and look for water and feed and that could mean moving into peoples yards that are landscaped with sprinkler systems and things like that."
The Health Department says you are likely to see these animals if you live near a water source. When this interaction does happen the number one thing to remember is to not feed these wild creatures.
"It's going to imprint these animals and they are going to come looking for that in your neighborhood or that area."
The game warden and health department both warn that while they are beautiful creatures, to always remember they are wild animals.
"They're beautiful and wonderful to look at and that's one of the things that makes Laredo special, you can still live in the city and view wildlife."
Ryan Bailey, Laredo's pro 8 news.
The game warden says as of now there is no plan to move these animals out of the area and that they don't pose a threat to the general population. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department warns that if you are concerned about the wildlife in your area to call their office or the Laredo Health Department.