Opinion: As humans change the world, predators seize the chance to succeed March 22, 2018 Predator success: Lions have learned to use cowbells to locate livestock (credit: Trish Fleming) In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Trish Fleming discusses whether human structures and environments are helping predators improve their hunting success. She and fellow researcher Dr Bill Bateman identified four ways that predators take advantage of human habitats, including how the structures we build and the things we do make prey species more vulnerable. For example, Wedge-tailed Eagles follow harvesters on farms to catch animals flushed out by machinery. She predicts that some predators are likely to become more abundant, with positive and negative implications. “Predators can be vital for maintaining a balanced ecosystem. However, predator species can have a huge effect on their environment… and can easily become invasive animals, as we have seen with the introduction of cats into Australia,” she writes. To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!