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Think about wildlife’s needs before you build

Posted: August 1, 2008 7:38 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2008 5:03 a.m.

I'm just curious. Does anyone put any thought into the survival of the wildlife before they build what seems like a serene environment for the humans to enjoy?

Here is my concern. We just went through the Bridgeport Homeowner's Association trying to put a "hit" on the coots who stop here for a few months on their migratory path.

We invite them in with the perfect spot to rest and energize for the next length of their journey, and then want to kill these birds for daring to land in the Bridgeport area.

Now we have a shopping center on the other corner of this busy intersection with a very similar scenario.

Nice pond ... good place for our fine feathered friends to relax and rest their wings. But what's going to happen when the coots return? And they will.

Are the business owners of the Bridgeport Marketplace going to "exterminate" the coots, too? Did anyone think about the wildlife that is living in the Bridgeport waterway?

It was inevitable that those gorgeous geese who are raising their young there would venture across Newhall Ranch Road to get to the new waterway across the street.

Sure enough, at 4 p.m., the goose stepped off the curb to cross Newhall Ranch road, with a line of goslings in tow. Thank goodness there were people there to help.

Does anyone think of these things before they build? Maybe I just love nature more than I care about living in luxury.


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