Courtney Larson, PhD student, recently published a systematic literature review in the journal PLoS ONE on the effects of recreation on animals. The project, a collaboration between scientists at Colorado State University, Wildlife Conservation Society, and University of California-Berkeley, finds that human recreation activities in protected areas are impacting wildlife, and more often than not, in negative ways. More than 93 percent of the articles reviewed indicated at least one impact of recreation on animals, the majority of which (59 percent) were negative.  For more details, see publication at PLoS ONE and associated press release.

 

Recent study: Effects of recreation on animals revealed as widespread through a global systematic review