The flood waters from Hurricane Harvey—and the following tropical storm—are receding, but Texans aren't safe yet. AP reports that there is a danger from wild animals that the water washed in.
Texas state biologists warn residents, who are cleaning up their properties, to "watch out for snakes, skunks, raccoons and other wildlife."
John Davis, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s wildlife diversity director, says "snakes and other animals may seek shelter in debris piles and people should use common sense during cleanup," adds AP.
If left alone, the displaced wildlife will generally return to their natural habitat without human intervention. He says this is because “they don’t want to be there, either.”
Jonathan Warner, an alligator specialist at the agency, especially advises people to stay away from alligators that washed in residential areas. They are usually wary of humans, but they may be more aggressive in areas where they are not usually seen.
However, Davis says people shouldn't be concerned about the wildlife populations being harmed by Hurricane Harvey. He says the populations are "fairly resilient," and they will likely recover.
While sometimes populations have trouble recovering after a natural disaster, there shouldn't be any problem in Texas.
"These species evolved with hurricanes and floods," he added.
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