What prairie dogs tell us about the effects of noise pollution. The short answer:
With increasing levels of man-made noise in the environment, animals are having to contend more and more with external stimuli which can draw their attention away from these key tasks. And the consequences of failing to focus on lurking dangers can be deadly.
And for those who wonder why we should worry about the effects of noise pollution on prarie dogs, there is this:
At the end of the day, every species has a finite attention span and, depending upon the source of disturbance and the task at hand, can get distracted. In an increasingly noisy world, this will no doubt have implications for other animals as well as humans.
Noise pollution effects health and well-being. A discussion about controlling the noise around us is long past due.