Ontario’s wildlife will likely experience a population boom thanks to an ongoing state of emergency that is keeping most people in the province at home, a pair of experts say.

It’s not just that there are fewer cars on the roads or less pollutants in the environment, the experts say — although both factors are important.

It’s the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ensuing physical distancing and isolation measures to fight, that could boost the life expectancy of wildlife.

“This is the season of birth, this is the season of the dispersal of the younger animals that were born last year,” said Brian McLaren, an associate professor in wildlife at Lakehead University, on Tuesday. “This could be a setup that’s ideal for next year to be a stronger population.”

By the Canadian Press
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