“Experts say that human settlements, roads and fences break up their natural habitat and block the natural migration of mammals, allowing for the easy spread of deadly diseases.
This habitat ‘fragmentation’ also hinders animals’ ability to mate and find shelter and food.
Reduced mammal movement also has an affect on the environment as many plants rely on mammals to disperse their seeds.
‘The importance of the geographical movement of animals in the wild has long been documented,’ said study coauthor Dr Adam Kane, from the University College Cork, Ireland.”
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