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Wildlife Posing Accident Risks in Greater Houston

It’s an inevitable byproduct of suburban sprawl: the farther we spread out geographically into previously undeveloped areas of an ever-expanding Greater Houston region the more we’re likely to come into contact with — and encroach on — the natural environment that’s already there. The opposite is also true: suburban and rural populations will see wildlife […]

It’s an inevitable byproduct of suburban sprawl: the farther we spread out geographically into previously undeveloped areas of an ever-expanding Greater Houston region the more we’re likely to come into contact with — and encroach on — the natural environment that’s already there. The opposite is also true: suburban and rural populations will see wildlife where they might not expect — on roadways, for instance. And that can lead to accidents. Thousands of them, in fact, according to data collected from the Texas Department of Transportation by Houston Chronicle reporter John Harden.

We talk with Harden about his research and report examining accidents involving wildlife in Greater Houston and across Texas. And we welcome your examples of such incidents. Then, we welcome your questions and comments for Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director for the Wildlife Center of Texas, and Janette Winkelmann, President of Friends of Texas Wildlife, organizations which care for injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife in and around Houston.

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