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Human activity forces animals to move 70 percent further to survive

Source: sydney.edu.au

A world-first study has analysed 208 previous papers to quantify the impact of human activity on animal movement. DECRA Fellow Dr Tim Doherty warns the impacts threaten species survival and biodiversity.

For the first time, scientists have calculated the global impact of human activity on animal movement, revealing widespread impacts that threaten species survival and biodiversity.

While it has been shown that activities such as logging and urbanisation can have big impacts on wildlife, the study by scientists at the University of Sydney and Deakin University in Australia shows that episodic events such as hunting, military activity and recreation can trigger even bigger changes in animal behaviour. MORE

Header image: Hunting has forced the North American elk (Cervus canadensis) to increase its movements. Credit: Gregory Smith/Creative Commons.