Mammals adapt to nightlife to avoid humans

A remote camera captures a mountain lion and her kitten sharing a mule deer kill at night in Malibu Creek State Park. Researchers found humans have increased nighttime activity for mammals. ©National Park Service

Mammals are becoming more active during the night, researchers found. The reason? Humans. A study published in Science found that settlement, hunting or recreational activity have caused animal activity during the night to increase by more than one-third. While researchers don’t yet know the consequences, they suspect this pattern has been going on for a while. Only now have they been able to document it using techniques like camera traps and remote sensing to “spy” on animals.

Read more from the CBC or read the study here.