Animal Zone

Animal Urgent Care

Let's discuss those opossums. I thought animals were afraid of man. Opossums aren't afraid of man. In fact, I might go so far as to say that they have an attitude. They seem to want to fight. Additionally, they are very ugly. I don't have anything against ugly, unless it scares me; opossums scare me. After a while, I remembered there were badgers in those woods as well as foxes and some wild dogs. It was time to go back home. Wildlife; it is something to be treated with respect, and, in my case, absence. On April 20, 2010 an explosion 41 miles off the shore of Louisiana on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform left 11 employees dead.

Wildlife Violator Compact

Many species are accidentally introduced. Many are introduced because of their value as a food source and as pest control. The problem with these nonnative species is that they have no "natural predators, competitors, parasites, or pathogens" that control their population. (Sustaining Biodiversity). Poaching and hunting is another cause of wildlife extinction, but it is a very lucrative business so it is popular. Predator control is also causing extinction. "Since 1929 U. S. ranchers and government agencies have poisoned 99% of North America's prairie dogs because horses and cattle sometimes step into the burrows and break their legs" (Sustaining Biodiversity). The market for exotic pets and plants are also a cause of wildlife extinction. "About 25 million U.