People force wild animals into tight spots or send them far from home.

Posted by Jeff on Feb 19, 2021 @ 7:34 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: February 18, 2021

The COVID pandemic has shown us that disruptions in the way we move around, complete daily activities, and interact with one another can destroy our wellbeing. This doesn’t just apply to people. Wildlife around the world find themselves in this situation every day, regardless of a global pandemic.

Human interference restricted an animal’s movements by an average of 37%. It’s like having to travel several extra miles every day to get to work. The ability to travel is vital to animal survival as it enables animals to find partners, food and shelter, escape predators and competitors, and avoid disturbance and threats.

Since the movement of animals is linked to many important ecological processes – such as pollination, seed distribution and soil turnover – movement disorders can cascade through ecosystems.

This study included analyzing published data on changes in animal movement in response to various types of disturbance or habitat changes by humans. This included agriculture, logging, grazing, recreation, hunting and pollution, among others.

Changes in movement are very common, with two-thirds of the 719 cases involving an increase or decrease in movement of 20% or more. More than a third of the cases changed by 50% or more.

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