Grant Sarver June 30, 2020

With humans mostly kept indoors because of COVID-19, animals have begun to move into unoccupied spaces. Less humans around means that they are free to invade areas that were not hospitable to them before the pandemic began. In recent weeks, an increasing number of Great White Sharks have been spotting off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The already sparse beachgoers are being warned ahead of the July 4 weekend.

Davie, Florida is looking for contractors who can remove and relocate bee hives throughout the town. Contractors are being asked to quote how much removal will cost per hive under and over 10 feet. There is a base period of one year with the potential of two renewals. Quotes for this opportunity are due June 30. 

There has also been an increase in governments seeking animal shelter cages and kennels. Burke County, Georgia and Lake County, Florida are both looking for these supplies. Bids are due August 11 and July 15, respectively. And in Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation is seeking roadkill removal services by October 31 as deer have lost their fear of roads putting them at increased risk.


The pandemic is offering animals and animal researchers an interesting opportunity. Animals have been given a partial free range of their environments. Researches have nicknamed this event the “anthropause.” People are seeing more animals and governments are making more contracts.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.