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How does littering affect wildlife in the United States?

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Littering has a negative impact on wildlife because it lures animals out of their natural habitats and onto dangerous roads or highways where they have an increased chance of being killed. Small rodents and other prey find their way into these dangerous areas to feed on food and other litter thrown away by people, which then attracts other predators, such as bears, foxes, armadillos, eagles and coyotes.

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Around one million animals are injured or killed on a daily basis by cars in the United States, with many more deaths not recorded. As a result of littering, animals have a more difficult time remaining in their natural habitats and become used to finding meals in areas that are dangerous, which is why so many animals fall victim to motorists on roads and highways each year.

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