Noise Pollution Is Taking A Toll On Wildlife, But There Are Ways To Reduce The Impact

August 13, 2019
Listener Jeff Foss saw this moose in Rocky Mountain National Park. Researchers are working to reduce noise pollution which affects the animals.Listener Jeff Foss saw this moose in Rocky Mountain National Park. Researchers are working to reduce noise pollution which affects the animals.Courtesy of Jeff Foss
Listener Jeff Foss saw this moose in Rocky Mountain National Park. Researchers are working to reduce noise pollution which affects the animals.

It's a threat to wildlife that isn't seen, so much as heard. Let's imagine you're on a mountain hike as elk bugle in the background until a vehicle passes by. It turns out, noise pollution does more than ruin an escape to the Great Outdoors. Research suggests if it goes unchecked, it puts wildlife at risk. Rachel Buxton is a conservation biologist who researched this with Colorado State University. Audio of elk bugling courtesy of Dr. Jacob Job, Sound and Light Ecology Team, Colorado State University.