U-M-led study investigates lions' interactions with humans in a diminishing habitat
A new University of Michigan study highlights the combined impacts of human activity and climate change on lion populations.
Lions tend to avoid human-dominated areas unless they are facing food scarcity and habitat fragmentation, according to the study's lead author, Kirby Mills (MS ’19), a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's Institute for Global Change Biology at the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).
The findings suggest that expanding human land use and climate change could increase the risk of human-lion conflict, which could threaten lion populations.
The study was published online October 17 in Communications Biology. SEAS Associate Professor Neil Carter co-supervised the study.