Nightly News | November 30, 2012
>>> who so many people across the country center been reporting to us from where they live's out of nowhere meetings with wild animals , and most cases where they don't have them before, and often where they're the last thing you would expect to see. nbc's janet shamlian has more.
>> reporter: at chicago's wrigley field , in the neighborhood, two coyotes turned up unfazed by the crowd.
>> it is very densely populated. and there is a coyote near st. louis.
>> reporter: a wild turkey survived the holiday, only to flaunt its go fortune in a walmart parking lot. and bears in the back yard? these days they're coming up to the house.
>> i am worried that the bear is just a little too aggressive and a little too much for the neighborhood.
>> reporter: it is happening everywhere. paved-over cities have long been criticized for crowding out nature, but recently urban environments have become a sanctuary for wild animals . in galveston, texas, they're roaming the neighborhoods. they set traps, but some pets have been killed.
>> it is just not an area where you think wild animals would be. i mean, this is galveston island .
>> reporter: so why is this happening?
>> our cities are getting larger, we're moving into their areas, sometimes we leave food out and wildlife is coming in for it.
>> reporter: and they're increasing coming in. this is where a deer broke into a carpet store. this one stormed a new jersey yogurt shop, in chicago, a sandwich place.
>> get away from my cart.
>> reporter: they're not always hungry, these turkeys in connecticut were simply angry birds.
>> it was a gang, literally.
>> reporter: new neighbors, wearing out their welcome, amid the call of the wild , janet shamlian , nbc news, galveston.