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Old 07-14-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Importance of Top Predators to the Health of an Ecosystem Undeniable!

This is a topic near and dear to my heart. After reading "Rewilding the World," I became even more interested, and it's one of the reasons I champion so often here the coyote, grizzly, mountain lion, and wolf.

Now there is proof tantamount to being undeniable that, without these predators, the rest of an ecosystem collapses.


Loss of large predators risk death of ecosystems - Telegraph


"The decline of top predators such as wolves, sharks and lions is threatening to drive other species to extinction, according to a new study that shows for the first time the importance of large animals in the ecosystem."

"The process by which the apex beasts affect the rest of the ecosystem is called a 'trophic cascade', whereby their loss has a consequence on everything beneath them."

""We now have overwhelming evidence that large predators are hugely important in the function of nature, from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, the tropics to the Arctic. In a broad view, the collapse of these ecosystems has reached a point where this doesn't just affect wolves or aspen trees, deforestation or soil or water.""

""These predators and processes ultimately protect humans. This isn't just about them, it's about us.""
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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When they reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone, and the deer/elk population declined, many species of plants returned followed closely by many bird species that had been in rapid decline.

We need something to control the deer populations everywhere, as a visible and obvious example that all can see directly impacting the environment. I agree with the article, although she simply made assertions without presenting any facts.
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Old 07-17-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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When they reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone, and the deer/elk population declined, many species of plants returned followed closely by many bird species that had been in rapid decline.
Simple and easy to understand. Great addition, turttle.

Being able to explain things quickly and simply is a great skill. I will likely be able to restate this easily to a friend who sometimes asks me about plants and why I do what I do.
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Not that I'm bringing top predators to my yard...at least not to my knowledge.
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