Cats protecting birds: modelling the mesopredator release effect

  title={Cats protecting birds: modelling the mesopredator release effect},
  author={Franck Courchamp and Michel Langlais and George Sugihara},
  journal={Journal of Animal Ecology},
1. Introduced predators account for a large part of the extinction of endemic insular species, which constitutes a major component of the loss of biodiversity among vertebrates. Eradication of alien predators from these ecosystems is often considered the best solution. 2. In some ecosystems, however, it can generate a greater threat for endemic prey through what is called the ‘mesopredator release’. This process predicts that, once superpredators are suppressed, a burst of mesopredators may… 

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