Nature Wars

Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds


In the U.S., the total cost of wildlife damage to crops, landscaping and infrastructure now exceeds $28 billion a year ($1.5 billion from deer-vehicle crashes alone), according to Michael Conover of Utah State University, who monitors conflicts between people and wildlife. 

The rub for many species is what’s called social carrying capacity, which is subjective. It means the point at which the damage a creature does outweighs its benefits in the public mind.  And that’s where many battles in today’s wildlife wars start.


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