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Predators and Tolerance

 Around the world, populations of many large predators are declining, with wide-ranging consequences for other species and ecosystem services. The declines have a variety of causes, but direct human causes of mortality predominate. Scientists and policy-makers have concluded that promoting human tolerance is critical to the success of predator conservation efforts. Yet the factors that affect people’s tolerance of wildlife are not well understood.  An important and excellent paper, ‘Tolerance for Predatory Wildlife‘ by Adrian Treves and Jeremy Bruskotter, explores the factors that support tolerance and the pressures that don’t.  The paper was just published on Friday and we encourage all to read and share!