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Despite Our Urban Sprawl, There’s Still Plenty Of Dangerous Wildlife In Greater Houston

Jaime González with the Katy Prairie Conservancy joins Houston Matters to answer your questions about local wildlife.


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Living in the sprawl that is Greater Houston, it's easy to just think of this area as purely an urban island covered in concrete, asphalt, and steel. But, as with anywhere on planet earth, we are still part of the natural world – with both its beauty and its danger.

As the weather gets warmer, you might feel inclined to travel into nature for hiking or camping, potentially unaware of some of the possible natural hazards.

So, to discuss the wild – and sometimes unfriendly – inhabitants of our area, Houston Matters talks with Jaime González. He's the community conservation director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy. He answers your questions about snakes, spiders, and all the dangers in the natural world around Greater Houston and how to handle them.