The Rise of the Mesopredator

@inproceedings{Prugh2009TheRO,
  title={The Rise of the Mesopredator},
  author={Laura R. Prugh and Chantal J. Stoner and Clinton W. Epps and William T. Bean and William J. Ripple and Andrea S. Laliberte and Justin S. Brashares},
  year={2009}
}
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… 

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