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|Tango01||14 Jul 2017 10:54 a.m. PST|
…of their range
"Lions, tigers and the red and Ethiopian wolves have lost more than 90 per cent of their hunting grounds in the past 500 years. But while these charismatic hunters are up against it, hyenas are doing much better, finds the first global study of the ranges of big terrestrial hunters.
Chris Wolf and William Ripple at Oregon State University looked at historical accounts of large carnivores and maps of their preferred habitat around AD 1500, and found that they are now present in just a third of the land area they occupied back then. Of the 25 species analysed, all weighing more than 15 kilograms, 15 had lost more than half their range.
Up to nine of these species once roamed South and South-East Asia, but today large areas have lost them all. The smallest declines were in the tundra and northern forests, where the relative scarcity of humans gives bears and wolves space to hunt…"
| Cacique Caribe ||15 Jul 2017 9:13 a.m. PST|
"The smallest declines were in the tundra and northern forests, where the relative scarcity of humans gives bears and wolves space to hunt…"
And I thought our encroachment of their habitat, logging and global warming was creating a a catastrophic situation up north too.
PS. Just don't pay attention to the data that shows that, instead of decreasing, some bear populations are experiencing a big boom. That just confuses the plebs (cattle). :)