You would think that living in a very large city that the problems with wildlife would not be very many. You have cars, trains, buses, and trucks. There is lots of asphalt and concrete in a large city you would think that the wild animals would dislike this and move out to the country and be free to roam where ever they liked. Well this apparently is not the case in fact there is an overpopulation of some animals and they are actually causing a great deal of damage to gardens and parks in the cities and large urban areas.
One animal that has caused a lot of grief is the rabbit. You know those cute little bunnies you see scampering about from time to time. Well they have found a home in the city and they are reproducing like crazy, and the more they breed the more stress is put upon the food supply. The rabbits have gotten so bad that in some places the damage can mount into the thousands of dollars just overnight. The rabbits in the parks are eating plantings quicker than they can be replaced.
It is not just the parks that are getting attacked homeowners yards as well. When there is a lot of snow cover the rabbits can and do decimate tree plantings in parkways and yards as well as eating eat flowers and shrubs during the growing season. The reason for the rabbit explosion is that while most people think of rabbits as cute and furry they have a much dimmer view of a coyote walking down the street. The unfortunate part is that coyotes are natural predators of rabbits, so they are not being kept in balance in the food chain. The rabbits do fall prey to hawks and falcons but there are not enough of these to eat all the extra rabbits either.
It is not only rabbits that do not have natural enemies in the large cities there are squirrels and raccoons that do a tremendous amount of property damage if they get into attics and garages. Without thinking the growth of large cities have inadvertently led to this lopsided population growth of wildlife.
The answer for controls are not easy there is not a lot of rabbit hunting going on in the city and even ifÃ‚ there were it would not be nearly enough to bring down the populations.Ã‚ In the city of Chicago the problem is bad. WhereÃ‚ I work we have tons of rabbits.L last year not a single tiger or Asiatic Lilly bloomed in fact not a single leaf was left after they emerged from the ground. The city hires companies to trap the rabbits and relocate them but some times I think that is a futile effort. When i see dozens of rabbits running through areas only 10 blocks from downtown Chicago I think there might be a larger problem.