Wildlife encounters likely to increase due to climate change and development, experts say

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SVETLANA SHKOLNIKOVA / NORTHJERSEY.COM – A mother and son were attacked by a coyote in Fairfield.

A soccer field was shut down by a nesting killdeer in Teaneck.

A group of neighbors raised alarm over a wandering black bear in Woodcliff Lake and Montvale.

Encounters with wildlife appear to be on an uptick in recent weeks, and experts say the trend is likely to continue as climate change and development drive more animals into residential settings.

“If we keep destroying their habitat and as they try to adapt, there are going to be more encounters, whether it’s a red-tailed hawk, whether it’s a nesting robin on somebody’s deck or things like coyotes and wild turkeys,” said Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society. “We’re going to have to learn how to live with them; we’re going to have to look at them as more than an inconvenience and realize they’re just trying to live here the same way we are.” …

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