Threats to Wildlife

The Plan Would NOT Restore Wildlife Habitat

One of the benefits of living where we do is the presence of our local wildlife.

While proponents of the project claim that it will restore the natural wildlife habitat, the fact is that in the 80 years since the Verdugo Wash was constructed, the animal population has adapted to the wash, using it regularly for bathing and as their own transportation corridor.

Prolonged construction along the wash, along with the increased presence of humans, noise and litter, would have a drastic effect on wildlife.

Recent news stories report that many of our local hiking trails are littered with trash, mostly comprised of food and food wrappers. Human food usually does not meet the animal’s nutritional needs and could be detrimental to the animal’s health.

When a large number of animals gather in one location because of food availability, they learn to expect to be fed. This also creates more potential for diseases to spread, not only among the animals, but from animal to human.

Additionally, animals eating more than what is naturally available allows them to reproduce at a higher rate than the ecosystem can sustain.

Deer along Verdugo Wash in Whiting Woods
Sick coyote
Sick Coyote