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Still Waters

How human food is changing wildlife

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Still Waters

If a bear is awake, it is hungry; any rubbish bin, landfill site, farm or even a car could provide a meal.

But in an increasingly urbanised landscape, bears and other wildlife eat more "human food", which is shifting their behaviour and biology.

A study in the journal Scientific Reports found that bears with a diet rich in human food hibernated as much as 50 days less in the winter.

That had "hidden effects", beyond the basic need for more winter rest.


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