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More Wild Animals in Urban Areas of the Permian Basin

The boom, the construction and spring are making animals more common in urban areas of the Permian Basin.
The boom, the construction and spring are making animals more common in urban areas of the Permian Basin.

“They are absolutely everywhere,” said veterinarian Jessica Todia, who is also a Midland County rehabilitator for the Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Todia said the recent boom has a lot to do with the increase in wildlife, especially after the increase in construction in the area.

“I just think that we're building and constructing and we are ruining everybody's habitat that we are seeing more of them now than we have in the past,” Todia said.

And as more development occurs, the animals have nowhere to go, she said.

The spring season is also a big contracting factor. According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife this season is particularly known for more baby animals.

But in addition to more babies in the spring season, animals are also coming out in search of food.

“We are destroying their habitat, therefore we're taking away their food source as well,” Todia said.

Some of the wild animals more commonly found in the Permian Basin include the burn owl, great horn owl, various raptors, red tail hawks, foxes, possum, badgers, squirrels, rabbits and snakes.

If you find a wild animal, the best option is catching it yourself.

“You can use a really thick heavy towel, blanket, something that you can just sort of throw on top of them to where they can clam down and you can wrap up,” said Adam Bree from A to Z Veterinary Clinic.

Then you should put the wild animal and put in a box or bag to transport it to one of the Texas Parks & Wildlife designated rehabilitators, Bree said.

But in case you don’t want to catch the animal yourself, Animal Control is also willing to help.

“I think you get so caught up in everyday life that you forget about our ecosystem and those great animals that have allowed us to have everything that we have,” Todia said.

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