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Preserving Large Carnivores in Ecosystem Requires Multifaceted Approach

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:04 PM by chloe owens

3/14/14, by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Science Daily

Preserving large carnivores in ecosystem requires multifaceted approach

Carnivore management is not just a numbers game, Virginia Tech wildlife scientists assert in response to an article in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Science that urged “minimum population densities be maintained for persistence of large carnivores, biodiversity, and ecosystem structure.”  “This type of approach may fail in social carnivore species,” said Kathleen Alexander, an associated professor of fisheries and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.  “Predator management is incredibly complex and we need to be extremely cautious in applying blanket approaches which rely on securing some target number or density of individuals in an ecosystem.”