Tangled turf: Humans, critters collide over space

Both Stone and Parker recommend, although they have different takes on them, a management plan for people as they look to begin actively co-existing with nature again.

Stone has repeatedly pushed for the redevelopment of existing structures rather than tearing down and building new, or letting other properties sit in squalor while the empty lot down the street is cleared for development.

Parker has personally put his experience into the development of such areas, although some by law came before his agency for review and approval, as towns, cities and suburbs look to reconnect with wildlife.

He looks to each area in particular to gauge what it can sustain and what could come of it.

It's not always best practice to set aside a patch of wetland in accordance with regulation and then surround it by pavement, he said. And it is not always best practice to take 100 acres, build on 50 of them and leave the rest to wildlife. It simply depends.

"The bottom line is there is no easy answer. Get tolerant of the animals as much as you can," said Stone. "Be selective of how you deal with wildlife."

It's proactive ecology, said Stone.

SIDEBAR: Though rare, rabies is a real threat

By CARI SCRIBNER, Spotlight Staff

A true stand-off of between man versus wild took place in Glenville this month, sending a chill down the collective spines of all local residents since, rare though they may be, attacks by rabid animals aren't just found in the movies.

Louise Scheuerman, 60, lives on Sanders Avenue in Scotia, a neighborhood that's a far cry from a wilderness location.

"The funny thing is, we just moved here in January, and where we used to live in Oswego County, it was very rural and there were miles of woods around," said Scheuerman. "There are woods behind my house here, but an animal attack was the last thing I ever thought about."

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