In ecosystems around the world, the decline of large predators is changing the face of landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic – but an analysis of 31 carnivore species shows how threats such as habitat loss, persecution by humans and loss of prey combine to create global hotspots of carnivore decline. More than 75 percent of the 31 large-carnivore species are declining, and 17 species now occupy less than half of their former ranges. With some exceptions, large carnivores have already been exterminated from much of the developed world, including Western Europe and the eastern United States. Globally, we are losing our large carnivores and many of them are endangered primarily due to their ranges collapsing. Many of these animals are at risk of extinction, either locally or globally. Ironically, they are vanishing just as we are learning about their important ecological effects. The classic concept that predators are harmful and deplete fish and wildlife is outdated. Scientists and wildlife managers need to recognise a growing body of evidence for the complex roles that carnivores play in ecosystems and for their social and economic benefits. Human tolerance of these species is a major issue for conservation,
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