Human voices scare mountain lions away, but not mice.

The presence of people in remote areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains turns mountain lions into veritable fraidy-cats and strikes so much fear in bobcats, skunks and opossums that they change their behavior to avoid detection, a new study has found. Rats and mice, on the other hand, actually forage more in areas where homoContinue reading “Human voices scare mountain lions away, but not mice.”

Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Identify, Count, Describe Wild Animals

Motion sensor “camera traps” unobtrusively take pictures of animals in their natural environment, oftentimes yielding images not otherwise observable. The artificial intelligence system automatically processes such images, here correctly reporting this as a picture of two impala standing. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports how a cutting-edgeContinue reading “Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Identify, Count, Describe Wild Animals”