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Animals: Urban Wildlife Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about the problem of animals living in urban areas. Find out what humans can do to learn to co-exist with the wildlife. Includes links to eThemes Resources on black bears, foxes, and Missouri mammals.

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This article takes the position that relocating animals to the wild is an inhumane way of dealing with animals that invade urban areas.
Read about the problems of reintroducing animals into the wild. Includes examples of failed programs in the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles County.
Scroll down to the very bottom of the page to click on the animal links for tips on how to prevent problems with foxes, skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. NOTE: Teachers should be aware that some of the sites under the "Links" heading include unmoderated discussion boards.
View many pictures of rehabilitated animals. NOTE: Teachers should be aware that some of the sites under the "Links" heading include unmoderated discussion boards.
Click on the links to read stories about animals being rescued. NOTE: Teachers should be aware that some of the sites under the "Links" heading include unmoderated discussion boards.
Watch this movie about prairie dogs and how city development is encroaching upon their habitat. Requires RealPlayer.
This article explains how the actions of humans can attract animals into urban areas. Click on the photographs on the right side to see enlarged views.
What should you do if you find a baby bird or squirrel? On these pages, you can learn what to do to help animals in distress, and when it is better to leave them alone.
These sites have many facts about black bears, including their diet, behavior, and habitat. Watch short movies about black bears, listen to audio files of their ferocious roars, and try the online quizzes and games. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on food chains.
These sites have information about several different types of foxes. Learn about their physical characteristics and habitats. View photographs, short videos, and take an online quiz.
These sites are about Missouri mammals, including river otters, raccoons, coyotes, and beavers. Learn about the physical characteristics, food, reproduction, habitat, and behavior of each species. Includes several photographs of these mammals and the tracks they leave. There are diagrams of some of the animals and their bodies. Linked are eThemes Resources on mammals and other Missouri animals such as bobcats, foxes, and the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse.

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