‘Carnivore cleansing’ is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn   Leave a comment

All eco-systems are extremly fragile and the top predators in any eco-system are vital to maintain the balance of the system. Re-blogged on Wolf Is My Soul

Exposing the Big Game

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/09/carnivore-cleansing-damaging-ecosystems

Extermination of large predators such as wolves and bears has a cascading effect on delicate ecological balance

·  theguardian.com, Thursday 9 January 2014 19.00 GMT

 

Carnivore extermination damaging ecosystems : Hunters skin a wolf.

Hunters skin a wolf killed in a forest in the Ukraine. Humans have waged a long-standing war with large carnivores that kill livestock and threaten rural communities. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

A plea to restore populations of some of the world’s most dangerous animalshas been made by scientists who claim the loss of large carnivores is damaging ecosystems.

More than three-quarters of the 31 species of large land predators, such as lions and wolves, are in decline, according to a new study. Of these, 17 species are now restricted to less than half the territory they once occupied.

Large carnivores have already been exterminated in many developed regions, including western Europe and eastern United States – and the same pattern of…

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Posted 16 January, 2014 by Wolf is my Soul in No category / Okategoriserade

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