Two species are native to the province of Buenos Aires and experts confirm that they are not dangerous. What to do if found
were before capybaras in Nordelta, this year are foxes In some countries of Aziza and Canning. Calls are repeated from concerned neighbors, but are the animals the ones “invading” the neighborhood or is it the city that is moving into the habitat of these species? Is coexistence possible?
The foxes that “appear” in some countries south of the GBA, such as Los Rosales, El Venado and Terralagos, are part of the region’s fauna, the typical species of the province. “They live there and no risk involvedAs long as people behave appropriately,” he said. Bugle Christian Gillet, head of animal rescue and rehabilitation at the Temiken Foundation.
“What happens is that more and more people leave the city, the limits of real estate are extended, humans move to live in peri-urban areas in search of contact with nature,” Gillett said. Then, coexistence between humans and other animals becomes inevitable as the former move into the habitat of the latter.
saw, not only from foxes, but also from oberos lizards, capybaras, marsh deer, among others, often occurs. They “represent no safety problems to the public,” the expert said. “The challenge and the great message co-exist, that people who come to live in these areas understand that to be away from the city is to enjoy living in harmony with nature,” he explained.
the expert told Bugle That most of the inconveniences can be avoided by proper behavior of people towards wildlife. Animals should not be trapped, fed or touched. Garbage should also not be left on the ground because animals do not understand what it is, they can break it and eat it. In addition, it is recommended not to leave pet food within reach.
Foxes are not aggressive animals, although they will defend themselves if attacked. For this reason it is advised to take special care of pets. Although “the presence of foxes is not in itself a safety problem for the residents of the area,” Gillett clarified. Furthermore, he denied that animals were being transferred to Temaiken.
“The simple fact that an animal appears in a semi-urban or rural area, By no means does this mean that the animal should be removedGillette replied when asked by Bugle Upon requests to remove or “rescue” animals made by neighbors. “Because humans have moved into a space, we should not remove animals that ‘bother’ with their presence, but rather learn to coexist,” he concluded.
Why is it important to respect native species?
“Humans will only prosper if we grow up in a healthy and diverse environment, the diversity of species is something we need to enjoy and learn to co-exist with,” Gillette said.
The latest World Conservation Organization (WWF) Living Planet Report for 2022 warns of the disturbing rate at which biodiversity is being lost globally. The average decline in the worldwide population of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians is 69%.
In this regard, United Nations organizations, scientists, researchers and various civil society activists recognize the importance of conserving species, not only because of their intrinsic value, but also because the survival of the human species depends on them.
The expert said, “Residents of semi-urban areas have a very important civic role, of cooperation so that a healthy and diverse, biodiverse environment can flourish.” “If only animals considered ‘nuisance’ are removed, we are going to destroy those places,” he said.
“Children must be taught to respect wildlife and the environment. Neighbors must access quality information and inculcate responsible behavior to achieve coexistence with nature,” he added. “The challenge is learning to live and preserve it together.”
For questions or in case of finding injured animals that require special attention, you should call the Directorate of Flora and Fauna of the Province of Buenos Aires at (011) 5300-9549.