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  • Camera-trap study provides photographic evidence of pumas' ecological impact

    Camera-trap photo of several pumas in the wild.

    A new study adds to the evidence that apex predators like pumas play a unique role in ecosystems that is not fulfilled by smaller carnivores.

    Camera-trap photo courtesy Alex Avrin


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Alex Avrin, email

    To reach Max Allen, email

    The paper “Can a mesocarnivore fill the functional role of an apex predator?” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.4383


    Michael Jeffords and Susan Post are wildlife photographers and research affiliates of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute of the U. of I. Their photographs are available here.