17 Jul '17, 5am

#NYK that squirrels were introduced to U.S. parks to maintain people's health and sanity

#NYK that squirrels were introduced to U.S. parks to maintain people's health and sanity

“SQUIRREL! ” Have you ever wondered why parks and other urban green spaces are filled with squirrels? Well, Etienne Benson , an assistant professor in Penn ’s Department of History and Sociology of Science , believes that their intentional introduction to America’s green spaces was “essential to maintaining people’s health and sanity”. In his latest paper, “The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States,” Benson explains how squirrels were intentionally introduced in order to alter people’s conceptions of nature and community. “By the mid-19th century, squirrels had been eradicated from cities,” Benson says. “In order to end up with squirrels in the middle of cities, you had to transform the urban landscape by planting trees and building parks and changing the way that people behave. People had to stop shooting squirrels and start feeding them.” The fir...

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