Wildlife

Charlotte As A Wildlife Habitat

Apr 29, 2015

We talk a lot about urban development in Charlotte and saving the city’s striking tree canopy. But we rarely talk about the fact that Charlotte has a substantial number of residents we would refer to as wildlife. And, evidently, we’re taking pretty good care of them. The National Wildlife Federation has certified our city as a Community Wildlife Habitat. We find out more about what that means and how we continue to protect wildlife as we grow.

JK Killia (left) Jim deVries (right) / 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Mecklenburg County has some new residents. Animals not native to the county have moved in over the past couple of decades. One possible reason is climate change.


When one thinks about coyotes they might imagine the boisterous and rowdy Wile E. coyote playing pranks on that darn roadrunner. But coyotes don’t just exist in cartoons or the Wild West; they actually dwell in all one hundred counties of North Carolina. And like Wile E. these coyotes are wrecking a little bit of havoc. Coyote attacks on small animals and reported sighting by citizens are ever-rising. So how do we safely co-exist with our furry friends? A conversation about coyotes, when Charlotte Talks.