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Re: Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems

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avatar Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems
October 16, 2009 08:33PM
The decline of top predators such as North American wolves and African lions is driving increases in smaller predators such as coyotes and baboons, disrupting ecosystems and economies worldwide, a study concludes.

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/10/decline_in_big_predators_wreak.html
avatar Re: Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems
October 16, 2009 08:39PM
I think the entire world has been a disrupted ecosystem for hundreds of millions of years.
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October 16, 2009 08:43PM
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Vince
I think the entire world has been a disrupted ecosystem for hundreds of millions of years.

You missed the point.
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October 16, 2009 11:11PM
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Vince
I think the entire world has been a disrupted ecosystem for hundreds of millions of years.

You missed the point.

No, I didn't.
Re: Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems
October 17, 2009 01:13AM
You know - tongue-in-cheek - I've been quietly insisting for years that the grizzly bear and wolf need to be re-introduced to Yosemite. It goes without saying that they would expand their range a mite afterward, but think of the photo opportunities.

I've been gone too long to know the game counts in and around Yosemite, but the elk and moose numbers are said to be dwindling in the Yellowstone region.

Be careful of what you seek - and be thankful you have an area you can hike without encountering those big nasties!
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October 17, 2009 02:36AM
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Dearborn
You know - tongue-in-cheek - I've been quietly insisting for years that the grizzly bear and wolf need to be re-introduced to Yosemite. It goes without saying that they would expand their range a mite afterward, but think of the photo opportunities.


Maybe we could start by concentrating them along the Half Dome trail.
Re: Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems
October 18, 2009 08:57PM
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Dearborn
You know - tongue-in-cheek - I've been quietly insisting for years that the grizzly bear and wolf need to be re-introduced to Yosemite. It goes without saying that they would expand their range a mite afterward, but think of the photo opportunities.

I've been gone too long to know the game counts in and around Yosemite, but the elk and moose numbers are said to be dwindling in the Yellowstone region.

Be careful of what you seek - and be thankful you have an area you can hike without encountering those big nasties!

I, for one, would welcome them. Unfortunately, millions of others would freak out and chaos would ensue.
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October 18, 2009 09:15PM
People freak out with BLACK bears for heavens sake.
Re: Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems
October 19, 2009 01:14PM
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bill-e-g
People freak out with BLACK bears for heavens sake.

True - mostly, they go gaga and act reckless trying to get that perfect photo, but some act like the sky is falling if a bear comes within a mile of them.
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