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PantheraMan


I do not consider myself a brony, but I like the show. I'm also passionate about animals, both living and extinct and I just like talking with other people about them and teaching about them.

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  • 26 weeks
    The Dhole and the Tiger: A Follow Up

    Over two years ago, you might remember that I wrote a blog post about the old historical stories of dholes killing tigers.

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  • 53 weeks
    Story: "Hunter"

    This is a short story I thought I'd write up. Feedback is appreciated!

    Hunter

    Gabriel Smedley

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  • 58 weeks
    Hunting the Mountain Lion: Not all it Seems

    The big cats are supreme hunters. Their keen senses allow them to track prey and their paws let them move through the land without making a single sound, one could pass by a bobcat and they wouldn't even know it. Despite this, they face their own set of challenges. In Asia, tigers are poached for their fur and bones and lions in Africa also have to put up with poaching for their bones and paws.

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  • 60 weeks
    Black Bear vs Wild Hog

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  • 61 weeks
    How to Control The Prey

    The relationship between predator and prey is one of the most fascinating aspects of nature. this relationship is an arms race, with the predators getting better at catching and killing the prey, and the prey getting better at escaping and avoid the predators. Through their act of hunting prey, the predators control the populations of the prey animals which keeps them from becoming overpopulated

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Mar
14th
2021

How to Control The Prey · 3:00am Mar 14th, 2021

The relationship between predator and prey is one of the most fascinating aspects of nature. this relationship is an arms race, with the predators getting better at catching and killing the prey, and the prey getting better at escaping and avoid the predators. Through their act of hunting prey, the predators control the populations of the prey animals which keeps them from becoming overpopulated and eating too many plants. With predation, naturally, you get a yearly reduction in the population size of prey animals. I say yearly because when the young of prey are born they replace the animals killed by predators. The main thing that really allows predators to control the population of prey is one thing animals and people have in common: fear. After wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, people began noticing changes to the landscape, such as the willows growing back and the riparian ecosystems were beginning to recover after being overbrowsed by elk. More recent research has found there's actually more to this fear predators instill in prey than first thought.

In 2018, scientists discovered that elk tried to avoid the areas wolves used more often, but when wolves weren't as active the elk had no problem using those same areas. It's kind of like you if you're scared of snakes and will avoid walking through a spot full of snakes when they're most active. Then in 2019, another study was conducted which found the elk of Yellowstone used the more rugged, forested areas during the daylight hours when wolves were more active, and then moved to the open grassy areas at night when cougars were more active and thus avoiding both predators granted, some do get killed and eaten by them. It also turned out that elk fear cougars more than wolves which I guess makes sense, which would you be more scared of? Something you can see chasing after you or something that sneaks up on you?

And now in 2021, a new study has demonstrated another example of the ecology of fear. In California, Veronica Yovovich noticed the vegetation seemed a bit "sculpted" when closer to human homes, but the farther she looked away from inhabited places the plants were less sculpted. It turned out that "sculpting" was the result of Black-Tailed Deer (yes, that's a real thing) browsed on those plants more heavily because of their fear of cougars. Cougars are afraid of humans and the deer have learned this and so they use areas used closer to people to reduce the risk of being killed by a cougar. All of this reduces browsing and grazing pressure on the landscape which leaves habitat for smaller animals like birds and allows plants to grow with the reduced chance of being eaten.

https://wildlife.org/puma-presence-impacts-tree-growth/?fbclid=IwAR1eRgh5QUAb7cbPcC3xMO16rSXMeGNO8J2CmR-uGmNJZXP8zjI2TdfowKo

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180622104544.htm

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190802122707.htm

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