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Old 06-14-2018, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Macon, Georgia
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On a worldwide scale IQ levels are dropping, and animals are smart enough to realize this. Lions, tigers, and bears...
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/...o-avoid-people
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:53 PM
 
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Various impacts of recreational acticities on wildlife have been known for decades, and switching to night activity is just one effect of many. Maybe now more people will take notice, but I doubt it. I've been preaching the impacts of recreation on wildlife (both vertebrate and invertebrate) for a long time, but it falls on deaf ears and is largely ignored by "environmentalists" in favor of pro-recreation industry stance. After all, that's who pays for the ads in their magazines and its counter-intuitive and just plain unpopular if not heretical to suggest that getting out to enjoy the wilds can actually harm it.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:17 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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... just plain unpopular if not heretical to suggest that getting out to enjoy the wilds can actually harm it.

Marked nature trails in public forest reserves often admonish hikers not to leave the trails--- besides trampling smaller vegetation & invertebrate life, walking on a tree's root area can cause serious injury (trees don't really want to be hugged.)


Given that loss of natural habitat to human encroachment is the biggest problem facing MotherNature, I often wonder who's doing more harm to the environment-- city dwellers or those who live in rural areas? Maybe the natural world would really be better off if we all concentrated our activities in towns.


In regards the original post-- In grammar school in the 50s, I remember reading that lions had always been diurnal hunters until the advent of Europeans on the African continent in the 19th century. Evolution at work-- lions with diurnal habits were hunted heavily. Lions with nocturnal habits were more likely to survive and pass along their genes. Now most lions are nocturnal.
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:32 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I thought so.

I saw something a decade ago; something that is not supposed to be here anymore. I was wondering why the reports on the sightings were so infrequent (& have never been taken seriously by the scientific community) because this creature was massive.

Then I realized; it was the middle of the night.

I live in an area classified as one of the largest urban-wildland interfaces in the country & it is also one that had a firestorm from a forest fire that raced down the sides of the mountains & into city limits, 6 years ago.

Our forest rehab has been a little atypical: Finally this year some green vegetation but the burnt tree trunks that were expected to fall 2 years ago are still standing.

We still have large populations of “urban wildlife” & I’ve noticed that recently; deer & rabbits are joining the skunks & raccoons at night. I have noticed the birds are nesting later in the evening than normal. Owls still hunting at 8am? Even the insect behavior seems different, although that is likely determined by the birds.
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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We still have large populations of “urban wildlife” & I’ve noticed that recently; deer & rabbits are joining the skunks & raccoons at night. I have noticed the birds are nesting later in the evening than normal. Owls still hunting at 8am? Even the insect behavior seems different, although that is likely determined by the birds.

I've noticed the opposite in my city. Animals that were once afraid of people have almost no fear. It's easy to hit a dear with a baseball as they unabashedly raid the garden a few feet from where you stand. They don't even consider moving out of the street as your car approaches. I've also had owls perched on the basketball goal before dusk that show no fear as I stood just a few feet below. If your kid has a bag of popcorn at the park, expect a Canadian goose to approach (and give chase if the demands for food aren't met).
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:52 AM
 
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I've noticed the opposite in my city. Animals that were once afraid of people have almost no fear. It's easy to hit a dear with a baseball as they unabashedly raid the garden a few feet from where you stand. They don't even consider moving out of the street as your car approaches. I've also had owls perched on the basketball goal before dusk that show no fear as I stood just a few feet below. If your kid has a bag of popcorn at the park, expect a Canadian goose to approach (and give chase if the demands for food aren't met).
It's not just a day and night change either as you stated. I read that rattle snakes in some areas no longer rattle to give a warning and some are losing the ability to rattle all together. This makes sense since those that rattle are the ones most likely to be found and killed by people. Those that don't rattle live on to reproduce.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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not around here they aren't. saw 7 Red Deer on the edge of a woodland on 2 different days and this was around 12noon not early morning, and I have seen them there before its a favourite location.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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When we moved here about ten years ago, the raccoons were nocturnal.

But they adjusted their schedule so they could come during the day when they knew we were home.

If there is no food out, they peek in the windows to see where we are.

We had one who would get a rock from the yard and use it to knock on the glass door.

But they don't only come to eat. When it's sunny they sleep on the deck with the cats.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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My local raccoons are out there at 9:30am, 1pm, 4pm, etc.. raiding the birdfeeders. ugh. They know I drag them down at nightfall now.
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Old 06-20-2018, 07:33 AM
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Location: Germany
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I have noticed behavior changes as well with our Peregrines. We rarely see them flying high and then diving, they know simply fly straight and fast and catch smaller birds.

In Rome I have heard they now fly more at night and attack upwards to take starlings trying to roost, and pigeons. But with pigeons they are relying on people leaving waste food when they go out at night, which attracts the pigeons, and then the Peregrines.
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