New York State Museum Study Details Causes of Mammal Mortality

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ALBANY, NY.- Medium and large-sized wild animals in North America are more likely to be killed by humans than by predation, starvation or disease, according to research conducted at the New York State Museum. The study was conducted by Christopher Collins, a graduate student from the State University at Albany and Dr. Roland Kays, the State Museum’s curator of mammals. Published online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469- 1795.2011.00458.x/abstract in the journal Animal Conservation, the research shows the extent to which humans are affecting the evolution of mammals today and will be used to predict the conservation threats that mammals face. Although studies of mortality causes have been conducted for many mammal species, this is the first to gather this data together and examine trends across species. Collins and Kays reviewed data for 2209 indivi