It’s no secret that climate change will dramatically alter the landscape. As the planet warms, forests will creep north, and vegetation will grow in places like the once-frozen tundra. When that happens, species that were confined to southerly habitats will move north, too, where they will encounter similar species, and then there will be romance.
Actually, this is already happening. In New England, an up-and-comer hybrid called the Eastern coyote is thriving. According to the New York Times, Eastern coyotes (also called “coywolves”) are only about two-thirds coyote — one-fourth of their lineage comes from wolves, and the rest is dog. The resulting animal is around 40 percent larger than a regular coyote, hunts in packs, and is better adapted to killing New England deer.
I am a nature freak…and, damn proud of it. I grew up in the wild, as a wild-child. I slowly but surely became a hippie tree hugger. And, in the end, though I lived in many metro areas. The countryside of New Hampshire calls me back…each and every-time. What amazes me?
The water bottles left on a heritage trail.
The granola bars displaced on a ridge, 2,000 ft from civilization.
So, for a limited time, nature and some of her now ‘gone’ friends.
the Passenger Pigeon…reason: human mayhem and loss of food
the Western Black Rhino…poaching
the Tasmanian Tiger…Human need to take more and more land…disease
the Mountain Gorillas…We are destroying their ‘eating’ environment
the Snow Leopard…injury due to trash and hunters in it for the kill
What is happening here closer to home?
The greatly sought after, New Hampshire Moose. Not quite on the endangered list yet. However, a sad, quick, decline of their calves have left some in despair. Why? Global warming, meaning shorter winters…Meaning, ticks. Ticks during all four seasons in an environment typical known for its frigid weather.
The Winter Tick is literally sucking the blood of New Hampshire Moose and their calves.