Human activity causes the majority of raptor deaths in Ontario Today’s Video of the Day comes from the University of Guelph and features a look at how human activity is behind the majority of raptor deaths in Ontario.
New research led by Professor Nicole Nemeth found that over a 23 year study period, nearly half of the raptor deaths were caused by traumatic injury, which includes incidents of collision with vehicles and other human objects. The other most common cause of death was emaciation, where human encroachment prevented the birds from finding enough food.
Birds face increasing hazards as cars hurtle down highways and skyscrapers rise against the horizon. InOntario, researchers found human development. Emaciation, the second most common cause of death in raptors in the present study, may be associated with suboptimal hunting skills, such as with lack of experience. Humanencroachment is the leading cause of death among Ontario’s at-risk birds of prey.
Human activity causes the majority of raptor deaths in Ontario as shown above in video, also showing the Province ensures the preparation of recovery strategies to meet its commitments to recover species at risk under the Endangered Act.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: University of Guelph