15 Jul '11, 4pm

We All Suffer When Large Animals Removed From Our Environment, Entire Ecosystem Feels It : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

photo: Brian Snelson /Creative Commons That this is the case has been well established for some time, but this review provides some compelling examples from across the globe: Apropos of the Wyoming wolf management plan, the article cites the (perhaps well-used) example of how when wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone National Park, elk began over-browsing aspen and willow, fundamentally and detrimentally changing the landscape. The dramatic declines of lions and leopards in parts of Africa has led to changes in olive baboon behavior which puts them in greater contact with humans, in turn causing greater incident of intestinal parasites in both humans and baboons. In another example directly applicable to human survival: Shellfish populations collapsed after cow-nosed rays increased following removal of sharks from an estuary. photo: Nils Rinaldi /Creative Commons On the...

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