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Decline of Large Predators Could Have Ripple Effects for Wider Environment

Falling numbers of apex predators like wolves and mountain lions might be good news for the animals those carnivores prey on. But the resulting growth in populations of those carnivores eat has a negative impact on the wider environment. More than 75 percent of the world’s large carnivores are declining, according to a new study. “Globally, we are losing our large carnivores,” said William Ripple, lead author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and...

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