How Puma Leftovers Help Shape the Forest Ecosystem


In a well-balanced ecosystem, each species fits into a niche that helps maintain that balance. Apex predators keep the deer population from exploding, and too many deer will eat the trees, and the next thing you know, the forest is gone. But the food chain is not just a linear process. For example, pumas (or cougars or mountain lions) often take down prey that are much more than they can eat. A puma will feed and then leave half an elk to rot. Or does it? Puma researcher Mark Elbroch tells us how a puma kill benefits…

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