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    Cougars and Biodiversity

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    With habitat loss, less land and resources means lower carrying capacity. Choose cougars (mountain lions) large predators to investigate:
    1. What size of land/water is required to support this animal?
    2. What pressures threaten this organism's habitat?
    3. What role does international trade and political regulation play in protecting this organism? Are these in place and enforced?

    Wildlife Conservation Society at www.wcs.org
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife at wdfw.wa.gov/living/cougars.html

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    1. What size of land/water is required to support this animal?

    Land/water area of between 20,457 and 160,971 square km of top ranking habitat, can, in theory, support between 322 and 2535 cougars.

    2. What pressures threaten this organism's habitat?

    As human populations increase, human developments encroach on the cougars' habitats. As the number of humans increase, there will potentially more and more encounters between humans and cougars as the cougars get squeezed out of their habitats.

    3. What role does international trade and political regulation ...

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    The expert identifies cougars as a large predator to investigate. The land and water size requirements to support the animal are given. The solution is answered in 298 words.

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