Wildlife Numbers in Ontario Jumped Due to Social Distancing?
The mention of COVID-19 likely brings to mind all of the negative implications for us humans: loss of life, economic hardship and isolation, just to name a few. For wildlife, however, the pandemic may be having an entirely different impact. For the natural world, the coronavirus could be allowing wildlife populations to rise. We have seen what happens to the environment when humans are largely taken out of the picture. Pollution clears, waterways become cleaner and CO2 emissions plummet. We have also seen the images of animals hanging out on golf courses and in parks without a care in the world because people are absent from those spaces. This behaviour isn’t just cute; it’s also insightful.