Predator Loss

Environment is at risk

what is a predator loss?

The rapid loss of top predators such as dingoes, leopards and lions is causing an environmental threat comparable to climate change (1)

predator loss causes and effects

Causes: A study by researchers from Australia, the US and Europe found that removing large carnivores, which has happened worldwide in the past 200 years, causes a raft of harmful reactions to cascade through food chains and landscapes (2)

Effects: the researchers said, primary predators such as wolves, lions or sharks have been dramatically reduced if not eliminated, usually on purpose and sometimes by forces such as habitat disruption, hunting or fishing.(3)

Their solution

Solutions: find landscapes where they are left alone or actively promoted. In livestock grazing areas we need to work out what impact they are having and work out a system, perhaps with guard dogs, that we can use to avoid killing them off.(4)