Global warming encourages armadillos to move here

Up until about 45 years ago, finding one in Allen County was an event. I recall someone reported an armadillo lying dead along the blacktop running south of LaHarpe. We all figured it had been carried here from Texas and dropped off as a joke.



January 20, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Armadillos are more common in the northern states. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

For years the slug was the signature animal of this weekly journey through time.

As of today my favorite non-human is the armadillo, in concession to global warming, as well as because the armored creature is a survivor, having been around since early in the Cenozoic Period — and, folks, that’s a mighty long time ago, even before Alley Oop.

Regardless what Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, professes, scientific evidence leaves no doubt global warming has been with us since the industrial age began. It’s indisputable that greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere hinder natural filters that suppress heat from the sun.

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