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Reed and Zeller featured in the Conversation on making room for wildlife

Studies by Switzer Fellows Sarah Reed and Kathy Zeller were featured in an article highlighting research about "how wild animals view humans and how our presence affects nearby animals and birds." 

Read the full story in the Conversation article, and find quotes by Kathy and Sarah below. 

“Wild animals are increasing their nocturnal activity in response to development and other human activities, such as hiking, biking and farming,” Zeller reports. “And people who are scared of bears may be comforted to know that most of the time, black bears are just as scared of them.”

“Animals may flee from nearby people, decrease the time they feed and abandon nests or dens,” Reed and co-authors Jeremy Dertien and Courtney Larson report. “Other effects are harder to see, but can have serious consequences for animals’ health and survival. Wild animals that detect humans can experience physiological changes, such as increased heart rates and elevated levels of stress hormones.”

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