Mammals Move Less in Human-Modified Landscapes

Most mammals are on the move every day searching for food, finding a mate or seeking shelter. But mammals in human-modified landscapes move much shorter distances on average.

A new international study co-authored by University of Guelph biologists found that, over a 10-day period, mammals in areas with high human activity range only half to one-third as far as those living in more natural landscapes.

“We need to come to grips with what limitations on mobility might mean,” says Prof. John Fryxell, chair of U of G’s Department of Integrative Biology.

Fryxell and post-doctoral researcher Tal Avgar partnered with more than 100 global researchers for the new study.