Mesopredator release and avifaunal extinctions in a fragmented system

  title={Mesopredator release and avifaunal extinctions in a fragmented system},
  author={Kevin R. Crooks and Michael E. Soul{\'e}},
Mammalian carnivores are particularly vulnerable to extinction in fragmented landscapes, and their disappearance may lead to increased numbers of smaller carnivores that are principle predators of birds and other small vertebrates. Such ‘mesopredator release’ has been implicated in the decline and extinction of prey species. Because experimental manipulation of carnivores is logistically, financially and ethically problematic,, however, few studies have evaluated how trophic cascades generated… 

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