The Rise of the Mesopredator

  title={The Rise of the Mesopredator},
  author={L. Prugh and C. J. Stoner and C. W. Epps and W. T. Bean and W. Ripple and A. Laliberte and J. Brashares},
  • L. Prugh, C. J. Stoner, +4 authors J. Brashares
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Apex predators have experienced catastrophic declines throughout the world as a result of human persecution and habitat loss. These collapses in top predator populations are commonly associated with dramatic increases in the abundance of smaller predators. Known as “mesopredator release,” this trophic interaction has been recorded across a range of communities and ecosystems. Mesopredator outbreaks often lead to declining prey populations, sometimes destabilizing communities and driving local… CONTINUE READING
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    Effects of Culling on Mesopredator Population Dynamics
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    Implications of mesopredator release for biodiversity conservation, with particular reference to Australian systems
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    Restoring apex predators can reduce mesopredator abundances
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    Widespread mesopredator effects after wolf extirpation
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    What is an apex predator
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    Mesopredator release and avifaunal extinctions in a fragmented system
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    Spatial heterogeneity of mesopredator release within an oceanic island system
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    Trophic control of mesopredators in terrestrial ecosystems: top-down or bottom-up?
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    Cascading Effects of the Loss of Apex Predatory Sharks from a Coastal Ocean
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    Can threatened species survive where the top predator is absent
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    Cats protecting birds: modelling the mesopredator release effect
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    Ecological Meltdown in Predator-Free Forest Fragments
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