Little houses need new home
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)
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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.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/little-houses-need-new-home/

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How could the tiny houses affect wildlife?
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COMMENTS (227)
  • mckennaa-wal
    3/04/2016 - 09:43 a.m.

    This article was so cute and I understand why they needed to be taken down.

    • alexac-wal
      3/08/2016 - 01:32 p.m.

      Yes, I agree, but those houses needed to be taken down because it could hurt the wildlife living by it.

    • alexac-wal
      3/08/2016 - 01:37 p.m.

      The tiny houses could affect wildlife because it could hurt the wildlife living around the houses. The animals could be attracted to the houses and they could eat or hurt themselves on the houses which can be dangerous because kids and children go to look at the houses and they could get hurt from the animals. That is why the tiny houses could affect wildlife

  • gunnert-wal
    3/04/2016 - 09:43 a.m.

    I think that they are doing a good thing and taking down the gnome homes for the wild life but i mean its only 28 trees there are thousands more around the world and there must be at least 100 more in that state park. The gnome homes are cool and its an attraction for children but the animals do need homes. Right now i am 50/50 on weather they should have removed the homes for the wild life or weather they should have kept then for sight seeing.

  • ellerys-1-bar
    3/04/2016 - 09:50 a.m.

    If an animal were to make it's way into one of the houses, it might get trapped and not know how to exit. Animals might also start to eat the houses, which are decorated with things like paint, which in turn would make the animals very sick. Also, some animals that live in tree and around them might be afraid of the houses, which could cause them to relocate.

  • maciew-pel
    3/04/2016 - 10:04 a.m.

    These houses could effect wildlife because some animals might try to eat the little houses. Another reason might be because the little houses that attract kids might scare off the animals that once lived there.

  • luzh-pel
    3/04/2016 - 10:08 a.m.

    It could affect wildlife habitat

  • rosew-pel
    3/04/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    The wildlife might start living in the tiny houses and damaging them.

  • tristanb-pel
    3/04/2016 - 10:16 a.m.

    They affect wildlife by limiting the space animals have to inhabit.

  • juliamc-pel
    3/04/2016 - 10:17 a.m.

    The tiny houses could effect wildlife because the animals aren't use to the houses being there, and they would be scared of all the people around them.

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