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Animals Are Wanting To Avoid Humans By Becoming More Nocturnal

A study recently carried out has been published in Science Magazine. The findings indicate that animals are becoming more nocturnal as they want to avoid human encounterings and contact.

Kaitlyn Gaynor, Cheryl E. Hojnowski, Neil H. Carter, and Justin S. Brashares who are Ecologists from the University of California in Berkeley explained that fast population growth is forcing animals to adjust their sleeping patterns.

Now there are fears that there will be “ecosystem-level consequences” in the near future.

Kaitlyn Gaynor, one of the Ecologists believes that even things such as camping and hiking could be having a negative effect on wildlife, stating:

“It suggests that animals might be playing it safe around people. We may think that we leave no trace when we’re just hiking in the woods, but our mere presence can have lasting consequences … Humans can do their thing during the day; wildlife can do their thing at night”

The research was found through 76 studies of 62 species from six continents.

The findings found that there was an average factor increase of 1.36 in nocturnalism in mammalian species.

Ecologist Marlee Tucker commented on the study:

“It’s a little bit scary. Even if people think that we’re not deliberately trying to impact animals, we probably are without knowing it.”

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