Little houses need new home This Feb. 21, 2016, photo shows one of several gnome homes along Fisherman's Trail in Little Buffalo State Park in Newport, Pa. (Deb Kiner/PennLive.com via AP)
Little houses need new home
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Nearly 40 gnome homes have been evicted from a Pennsylvania state park. A decision change sent them packing.
 
Pennlive.com reports that management at Little Buffalo State Park gave permission for Steve Hoke to create the small, magical houses. That was in December. Since then, he has made 38 tiny houses. He made them in tree roots, in hollow logs and on stumps. These were located around the forest near Newport. It is about 25 miles northwest of Harrisburg.
 
He says the houses were a major attraction for children.
 
Park Manager Jason Baker tells the news site he gave the OK originally. But it was later decided the homes could affect wildlife habitat.
 
Hoke removed the little abodes. He was told he had until Feb. 29.
 
The towns of Duncannon and Millerstown have both offered to house them. The little homes will be placed in local parks.

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How could the tiny houses affect wildlife?
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COMMENTS (16)
  • katelyn3-war
    3/04/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    This is strange that someone would make tiny houses. The tiny houses could let other animals live in them. I wonder how long it took them to build all of the houses.

  • bellam-kut
    3/06/2016 - 03:31 p.m.

    I didn't like this article because the topic it was about was not very interesting I learned what a gnome house was although it wasent a very interesting topic.

  • jacelynh1-jen
    3/09/2016 - 02:36 p.m.

    Well the animals could get stuck in the doors and hurt themselves and they could die!But sadly they could also fight over the houses so they would be protected from their predators and ,so they wouldn't have to build their own shelter to protect themselves.

    CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
    How could the tiny houses affect the wildlife?

  • lounesm-the
    3/09/2016 - 04:41 p.m.

    Ist fascinating to see little house for toy.

  • carleema-
    3/14/2016 - 12:29 p.m.

    I think that is crazy that he made almost 40 little house. I think that is mean to the wlidlife. The wlidlife animals use to live in the roots of that tree and in the middle of the tree. Poor wlidlife animals.

  • maddoxa-
    3/14/2016 - 12:31 p.m.

    The tiny houses can effect wildlife because you don't need to cut down trees. Also, they are very natural. You can use use natural recources.

  • fostern-
    3/14/2016 - 12:31 p.m.

    You'd better believe that the houses would affect wildlife because the trees might be the animal's homes. The animals might be surprised and scared when they see the houses. They might also think that the gnomes would be real people

  • dawsonha-
    3/14/2016 - 12:34 p.m.

    can you belive that a house can be as little as a birds nest

    the tiny houses could affect wildlife by covering up worm holes in the gound

    they might cause the roots of a tree to not get as much sun and die

  • jykeyas-
    3/14/2016 - 12:35 p.m.

    Tiny house could affect wildlife. Because the animals in the wildlife have to have room to live. The wildlife there wil Bears and the Bears may try to hibernate there.

  • eadiet-
    3/14/2016 - 12:35 p.m.

    The tiny houses can affect wildlife? Yep! By taking the spot where the animals home is,or the animal could think that the decorations are food and try and eat it and choke.

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