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Urbanization of wild animals creates costly problems in Michigan

Wild animals are beginning to realize that they can adapt city lifestyles nearly as easily as people can, which is causing a major problem in the developed areas of Michigan. The sight of coyotes, pheasants, ducks, deer and other unexpected creatures is growing more common in urban areas for a number of reasons, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Animals make homes in abandoned buildings, on golf courses and on the most natural edges of cities and towns, because these environments are relatively safe. Often times their migration can be traced to people who feed the animals, without realizing that the creatures will believe urban areas are good food sources.

"If they realize they've got nothing to fear from humans, they adapt very readily," Adam Bump, a specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, told the news source. "Coyotes are very adept at learning that all their prey, and very little risk, is associated with urban areas. We have deer that probably have spent most of their lives at least living in urban fringe."

A recent State Farm study found that Michigan had the second-highest number of vehicle-deer collisions in the country, and such accidents can be extremely costly to drivers.
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