ANIMALS SHIFTING FROM DAY TO NIGHT TO AVOID PEOPLE
Lions, tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says. The latest research found even activities like hiking and camping can scare animals and drive them to become more active at night. “It suggests that animals might be playing it safe around people,” said Kaitlyn Gaynor, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study. Gaynor and her colleagues analyzed 76 studies involving 62 species on six continents. Researchers compared how much time those creatures spent active at night under different types of human disturbance. The team found that human presence triggered an increase of about 20 per cent in nighttime activity.