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 after 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 in tree roots, hollow logs and on stumps 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 after being told he had until Feb. 29.
 
Duncannon and Millerstown have both offered to house them in local parks.

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How could the tiny houses affect wildlife?
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  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/04/2016 - 01:11 a.m.

    The little houses that one person had made might have been able to get a major attraction to children that would like to visit the state parks that would attract children to the gnome homes that someone would build as an attraction. The gnome houses might have been able to be a popular attraction to children that would like to see the small gnome houses in the park in Philadelphia. The people might have wanted the small gnome houses to be removed from the state parks which people would most likely wanted the person to be making the gnome houses somewhere else. People might have liked the small gnome houses but the small gnome houses would often make the wildlife to be destroying the small gnome houses whenever the wildlife sees the gnome houses.
    Critical Thinking Question: How could the tiny houses affect wildlife?
    Answer: The tiny houses would make the small wildlife to be moving somewhere else to life or destroy the small houses that would bother their homes.

  • madelinew-1-bar
    3/04/2016 - 02:27 a.m.

    These tiny houses and accessories, though seemingly harmless, could seem like food to certain animals, causing them to eat these small man-made objects and choke.
    I don't like this article. This is because I feel like there wasn't that much information, but also because it makes me sad to think that such a nice little thing for kids could cause h.arm to nature.

    • logank-pom
      3/08/2016 - 09:35 a.m.

      eating GNOMES??? whoa that must hurt their tummys.

  • nicolettem-2-bar
    3/04/2016 - 03:51 a.m.

    The tiny House could affect wild life because the small parts to the gnome's homes could break off due to whethering and weather conditions and the animals could eat it and probably die from it. Another example is other animals that live underground that dig holes to live in would loose their homes because someone built something to attract young children on top of it and that isn't very nice.

  • johnk-
    3/04/2016 - 07:38 a.m.

    The tiny houses could affect wild life by stoping forest animals from making homes. If forest animals don't have homes then they could freeze during the winter. This could decrease the population of animals in Pennsylvania.

  • shanek-coo
    3/04/2016 - 08:26 a.m.

    I think that gnomes work at night when people are sleeping. One day I would like to see the little houses in the tree stumps.

  • stephenn-coo
    3/04/2016 - 08:28 a.m.

    It could affect wildlife by killing trees and animals. They are like toy story.

  • isabellaa-612-
    3/04/2016 - 09:30 a.m.

    The tiny houses affect wildlife by blocking the ways little animals like chipmunks can store food and sleep. Also if animals eat part of them it could hurt them. These are also just in the way of the homes of animals.

  • meganc-wal
    3/04/2016 - 09:35 a.m.

    That's so rude for them to make them move how is it affecting the wild life animals don't live on the roots of a tree or on top of a stump they don't live out in the open they like to feel safe so they live in things like trees or inside caves.

  • ellasonr-wal
    3/04/2016 - 09:41 a.m.

    Tiny houses can affect wildlife, because the animals could eat a small part of the house.

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