Over the last century, human activity has been increasingly affecting wild animals. More and more species of the animal kingdom are losing their habitats due to infrastructure development and other businesses.
A new research shows that another thing that can affect wild animals is noise pollution. Despite the fact that we might be unaware of this fact, humans create a lot of noise, day and night.
Noise Pollution Quite Dangerous for Animals
This type of pollution may be even putting their lives in danger. A team of researchers focused on showing the effects of noise pollution on wild animals in the US. In most parts of the United States, noise pollution is a common thing. In the US there is almost no chance to enjoy a silent night listening to crickets. This thing is actually interfering with the lives of wild animals.
In most parts of the United States, noise pollution is a common thing, and there seems to be almost no chance of enjoying a silent night, just listening to crickets. This thing is also interfering with the lives of wild animals.
The noise created by humans has doubled in around 50% of the protected areas in the US, which are the homes of hundreds of animal species. According to this latest research, the current noise levels in national parks are ten times louder than they were 30-40 years ago. This study was carried out by Colorado State University and the National Park Service.
The Effects of Noise Pollution on Wild Animals
The biggest problem is that animals rely on some special noises to hunt and protect themselves. Most animal species rely on different sounds to alert them to danger. They also have their own particular set of sounds. For example, they make a certain sound when they want to mate or when they are hunting. All of these noises might not be distinguished by other animals since the sound pollution is so serious.
Fauna is starting to get seriously affected by this problem because of background sound. They can also be fooled by such noises, which might then get them in danger. For instance, small animals might not be able to hear the sounds of a predator, and this makes them more likely to become its prey. Birds rely quite heavily on their sounds for mating. With this level of noise, they may have a harder time finding a partner.
Scientists mentioned that the effects of noise pollution hadn’t been fully understood, until now. People need to know that they have an indirect impact on wildlife. Although not all animals are affected by loud noises, the result is still expanding to the entire food chain.