Review by Sid Perkins
There’s a war on in America’s neighborhoods. In the past few decades, a confluence of three trends has brought man and beast into increasing conflict: the rebound of wildlife populations from near-historic lows, human populations’ growing sprawl and the regrowth of forests on abandoned farmlands, especially in the Northeast.
In Nature Wars, longtime reporter Sterba chronicles how the proliferation of trees and greenbelts has turned backyards into battlegrounds, boosting the landscape’s ability to support adaptable wildlife at the same time that tolerance of critters such as coyotes is dramatically declining.
And skirmishes in the nature wars aren’t restricted to man vs. beast. Patchworks of parks and other predator-free areas where wildlife can thrive have turned some communities into “all-the-pets-you-can-eat” buffet