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AnthrozoologyHuman-Animal Interactions in Domesticated and Wild Animals$
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Geoff Hosey and Vicky Melfi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753629.001.0001

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Human–animal relationships in the urban wild

Human–animal relationships in the urban wild

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(p.119) Chapter 7 Human–animal relationships in the urban wild
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Anthrozoology
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Seth Magle

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753629.003.0007

As our planet continues to urbanise, an increasing abundance and diversity of wildlife find ways to persist within cities and towns. I summarise general patterns of urban wildlife and also describe common interactions between people and wildlife in cities. Some of these encounters are very harmful, including property damage, transmission of disease, or attacks against humans or their pets. However, urban wildlife also have positive impacts on cities and urban residents, by providing ecosystem services such as pest control, and by inspiring a feeling of connection with nature. I discuss the implications of human attitudes for long-term coexistence between people and animals in cities, and point to areas for future research. As the biodiversity crisis continues to worsen, and as the planet continues to be modified by humans at an unprecedented rate, it is imperative that we make a place for wildlife within and near to our cities.

Keywords:   Urban wildlife, urban nature, human–wildlife interaction, human–wildlife conflict, urban green design, ecosystem services, zoonotic disease, human dimensions of wildlife

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