BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Between noisy events and dirt-bike site visitors, animals on the Franklin Park Zoo have been left in misery; and it’s affecting their mating.

Franklin Park, a 527-acre space, surrounds the zoo and connects Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale. Residents have complained about loud events and ATV site visitors.

Metropolis Councilor and mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George acknowledged that dust bikes and ATVs are a “real public security concern that should be addressed”

John Linehan, the president and CEO of Zoo New England stated, “Our main concern goes to be the short-term impacts because it’s impacting our neighbors, our employees, and our animals.”

The latest commotion within the neighborhood comes as COVID-19 restrictions ease and just like the residents, the animals should not so happy both. Biology Professor Richard Primack, from Boston College, stated the animals “cannot talk with the loud noise” and are extra drained and irritable so “they’re much less keen on mating.”

Animals that use mating calls depend on their ears to listen to potential lovers and to keep away from predators. Since these animals are in cages, they’re unable to depart the loud noise; which is what animals do within the wild.

Digital group conferences have been held to debate the issues and discover a resolution.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) studies:


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