Animals are Becoming More Nocturnal to Avoid Humans and I Relate
New studies are showing that across the globe, animals are less likely to come out during the day, purely to avoud human interaction. #SAME
Dartmouth Natrual Resources Trust shared a link yesterday about how animals are changing their habits to avoid human contact. And it's not just happening in the U.S. According to Science Magazine, the human population has grown at such a rapid rate that we are destroying animals natural habitats with homes, businesses, roads, and land clearing.
Because this puts animals either out of their homes or in contact with humans, there are a number of mammal species who have shifted to a more nocturnal lifestyle - bascially so they can get around when humans aren't awake. In addition to the shift having an effect on the animals wake / sleep patterns, they are also spending less time looking for food, forced into remote locations that may not support their species, and potentially creating a massive effect on our overall ecosystem.
And after reading the comments on the DNRT's FB, I think we all basically felt the same as the animals:
So if you notice less critters when you're out hiking or camping, or maybe more critters making your way into your yard or neighborhood, this could be why. And I don't really blame them. Humans can be the absolute WORST.