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Scientists to track human movements via GPS at national parks


Just imagine a situation where the human species are tracked in order to estimate the impact the activities of the species is having on the other animals in a national park. There is no doubt of the fact that human activities do affect the nearby ecosystems and habitats of other animals in a national park or a sanctuary. Thus, scientists have decided to track down human activities at various national parks. Scientists believe that tracking human movements and activities will also allow us to know a lot of things about humans that we might still be unaware of.Scientists to track human movements at National Parks

Some scientists think that using global positioning devices to track down humans and their activities will in turn help the authorities at various national parks to provide them with the facilities that they would want. Just imagine a situation, where we could guess the requirements, wishes, etc. needed by individuals at a National Park via studying a mass of individuals, we could certainly bring in a more refreshment for humans and thus in turn less adverse effects on the flora and fauna.

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Jackie Skaggs, Spokesperson at Grand Tenton National Park, has stated that by studying the human behaviors at certain locations along the national parks has allowed them to make a few decisions like whether they should build a parking lot or not, a public restrooms, etc.. He also added that this will allow them to work in order to provide a better experience to the visitors. He added:

“It’s going to help us better understand the expectations, the motivations and then the ultimate experiences that people have.”

An interesting study of human pattern shows that over a period of two years around one third of the visitors around an 8 mile stretch on the Moose Wilson Road at Grand Tenton National Park drove right through the region, while the remaining stopped for some time. Out of the remaining individuals who stopped, some went on hiking trips, while some visited the interpretive center nearby.

The general belief is that the individuals who venture into the national parks do love them and the animals living there. But in most of the scenarios the harm done is owing to lack of facilities or intentional influence. Now, if you provide a proper parking lot for individuals who prefer to stop and go for a hiking trip, they will not be required to park their cars anywhere in the forest. In fact, it might just bring in a few more people once they are assured of the security of their vehicles. A lot has been done and a lot can still be done to bring humans and wildlife closer to each other.


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