Weeds sprout through the pavement, predators prowl the back streets, and outnumbered humans are prey. It’s a scene from countless post-apocalyptic films and TV shows where the animals have taken over.
In the months that people have been sheltering in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, some claim that wildlife are encroaching on urban and suburban places where they haven’t been before. But wildlife and animal experts say they’ve always been there. You just weren’t around to see them.
These are often animals searching for food in temporarily empty spaces, said Patrick Snickles of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.