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What are some ways to protect a wildlife habitat?

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To protect a wildlife habitate, protect against invasive species, eliminate deforestation and development, defend against pollutants, and ensure an adequate watershed. Property usage and development by humans and the resulting pressures that are placed on the wildlife habitat's ecosystem, including both habitat loss and damage, are the primary factor in most modern species extinctions.

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Invasive species of both plants and animals can wreak havoc on wildlife habitats. Non-native plants and feral animals many times do not have any natural predators or other impediments to stop them from spreading into a new habitat. The results can be devastating to a food chain due to the competition for available resources in a habitat. Many times the invasive species introduction is unintentional and the impacts are not considered, as occurred with the boom in Florida's Burmese pythons. The Southeast Asian predator, which was introduced when pets escaped or were released, has caused significant damage to wildlife in the Florida Everglades.

When trees are cut down and land is bulldozed for building or agricultural use, a direct loss of habitat occurs, with the area opened up for increased erosion and pollutants. Agricultural development is often accompanied through the use of chemicals and fertilizers that can pollute the watershed. Urban development near wildlife habits increases competition for the water supply. Wildlife can typically find the food they need, but lack of water can be deadly much faster.

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