In Fayetteville, New York, close to where I live, the biggest news story concerns the nuisance of deer. Deer are going through the neighborhoods in search of food. Homeowners have demanded relief, and authorities have proposed to send in professional bow hunters after the deer.
The other big news story in Fayetteville concerns building activities. A new mall is to be built across the street from the long-existing town center. Trees have been cut down and brush cleared for this purpose.
Further up the hill from the Town Center other trees are being knocked down and earth dug up. One building project has followed another. First, a large medical center was built. Then houses were put up for high-income families. In the near future senior housing will complete the work of eliminating this wild area.
With none of these building projects has environmental impact been taken into any significant consideration. Yet it is environmental impact that should be front and center. These developments have driven the deer and other animals from their homes.
If we continue, in our greed, to disregard nature, nature will continue to reassert itself in unexpected ways.