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When most wild animals first encounter humans.

When most wild animals first encounter humans, they respond as they would to any predator--by running, swimming, or flying away. Over time, though, some species become more tolerant of humans' presence; the extent to which they do largely is driven by the type of environment in which the animals live and by their body size, according to Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, who analyzed 75 studies conducted over the past half-century of 212 mammal, lizard, and bird species. Creatures in more heavily populated urban areas are much more tolerant of humans than those in rural areas, while larger animals are more tolerant of people than smaller ones.

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Title Annotation:NOTEWORTHY
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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