I merged wildlife into animals.

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We have two very similar tags and . The more I look at this, the more it seems that the difference is too small to justify two tags.

For instance,

If there is a difference between them, it would seem that all wildlife are animals but not all animals are wildlife.

This has been brought up before, but no action was taken.

I am thinking that it would be better to make wildlife a synonym of animals, does anybody have any other ideas?

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    I'm OK with just animals. If one wants to be a splitter, one would have to have three tags, domestic animals, feral animals, and wild animals (or wildlife). Because many people blur the distinction between feral and wild, this would not be useful. So just go with the single tag animals, is my opinion.
    – ab2
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 19:24
  • I'm writing separate comments in case someone wants to refer to one and not the others. Wildlife also means plants and trees and other things that grow in nature without us specifically planting them. In addition to defining wildlife, we should probably define "wild," which might lead us to having more tags, which could be good or bad. For instance, I think I saw wild-camping in our list. This implies a different definition of "wild." I'll stop rambling for now and try to put together a more coherent answer. It's just very important to me that we don't do anything drastic. Thanks! Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 23:08
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    @Sue I don't think of plants as wildlife, but Oxford Dictionaries defines wildlife as "Wild animals collectively; the native fauna (and sometimes flora) of a region". Several other references also include flora in wildlife. For our purposes, I don't think that makes sense. For our purposes, a grizzly should not be lumped with a briar. thus, I prefer animals to wildlife. As for poison ivy and stinging nettles, can we just have a tag "plants"?
    – ab2
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 1:50
  • @ab2, thanks for taking the time to look up the meaning of "wildlife." Interestingly, we already have a plants tag, so you may be on to something. Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 1:29
  • I feel the need to distinguish between wildlife and other domesticated animals like dogs (for hunting) and horses or mules for transportation in the wilds is in order here.
    – Ken Graham
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 16:59

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I agree with merging and , as both would be considered fauna.

Plants would not fall under the designation of wildlife as they would be considered flora. If we wanted to eliminate any confusion, we could merge both the and under a tag, as well as create a tag.

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