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Habitat, Not Predators, Seen as Key to Wildlife Populations

posted Nov 3, 2016, 9:56 AM by chloe owens

7/25/16, by Bob Frye, Trib Live

Habitat, not predators, seen as key to wildlife populations

Predators take a lot of heat for pursuing prey species that sometimes also are pursued by sportsmen.  Their impact is more imagined than real, though. That’s the word from Pennsylvania Game Commission, anyway. At its recent meeting, the agency devoted a lot of time to debunking the idea predators are driving game populations radically downward…Predators tend to be self-limiting in that only so many can coexist in a certain amount of space…The real key to boosting wildlife populations for all species, the board said, lies in giving them somewhere to live.