The mesoscavenger release hypothesis and implications for ecosystem and human well-being.

  title={The mesoscavenger release hypothesis and implications for ecosystem and human well-being.},
  author={Christopher J. O’Bryan and Matthew H. Holden and James E. M. Watson},
  journal={Ecology letters},
Many apex scavenger species, including nearly all obligate scavengers, are in a state of rapid decline and there is growing evidence these declines can drastically alter ecological food webs. Our understanding of how apex scavengers regulate populations of mesoscavengers, those less-efficient scavengers occupying mid-trophic levels, is improving; yet, there has been no comprehensive evaluation of the evidence around the competitive release of these species by the loss of apex scavengers. Here… 
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