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The COVID-19 pandemic has fired up interest in outdoor activities in our parks and forests. Now a new study highlights the need to be mindful of how these activities may affect wildlife living in protected areas. All wildlife tended to avoid places that were recently visited by recreational users. And they avoided mountain bikers and motorized vehicles significantly more than they did hikers and horseback riders.Associated journal article: Robin Naidoo, A. Cole Burton. Relative effects of recreational activities on a temperate terrestrial wildlife assemblage. Conservation Science and Practice, 2020; DOI: 10.1111/csp2.271