Mammals during lockdowns moved farther, more liberally, study finds

Updated: Jun 9 2023 4:43PM

New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) During strict Covid lockdowns between January and May 2020, animals had travelled up to 73 per cent longer distances in 10 days and occurred on average 36 per cent closer to roads than the lockdown-free year before, researchers say.

The study findings suggested, they said, that most animals in these locations were exploring more of the landscape when vehicle movement was reduced.

The researchers also suggested that venturing closer to roads was because animals were less fearful of the road traffic or human presence in these regions.