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In recent years, sightings of large predators have increased in places where conventional wisdom says they “shouldn’t be.”
When humans move into a wilderness area, their first instinct is to eliminate the large predators. We don’t just hunt them, we transform their environment until it becomes uninhabitable for them. Or so we thought.
From mountain lions to alligators, meat eaters are returning to their old neighborhoods—our neighborhoods now. And even though humans have reshaped the landscape, these animals are adapting to the new environments. “It tells us these species can thrive in a much greater variety of habitats,” said Dr. Brian Silliman, the surprised leader of the study, who published his findings in Current Biology (May 7, 2018).
As uncomfortable as this finding may make us feel, it fits right in with the biblical perspective on history. Wilderness environments didn’t take millions of years to evolve, and they aren’t static. Instead, the earth’s environments arose quickly after the flood, and they have changed radically as the climate shifted over the centuries (including an Ice Age!). God designed animals with the ability to spread out into new environments and “be fruitful and multiply on the earth” (Genesis 8:17).
Now, in returning to our cities and other places, they are reminding us that God graciously gave them the ability to adapt to new environments quickly.
This article was taken from Answers magazine, September–October, 2018, pg 31.