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How the COVID-19 Changed Wildlife Behaviors

The pandemic has had a lasting impact on daily life for people – but it has also changed wildlife patterns and behaviors. Many wild animals, particularly coyotes, took advantage of the reduced road traffic, porch deliveries of food, and reduced noise and lighting to venture out further into residential areas. With more people working from home, families are accumulating greater quantities of trash, which attracts more scavenger species to neighborhoods.

Co-existing with urban wildlife is more important than ever. We encourage Dallas residents to take advantage of the resources we have compiled on wildlife safety in order to ensure our families and neighbors can live peacefully and keep wildlife wild. Check out our page on Urban Wildlife for more information.

Learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on wildlife patterns in the full article from Axios Dallas featuring Dallas Animal Services’ Wildlife Investigator Jacqui Sutherland.

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