In nature, what keeps predators from hunting prey to extinction? Why doesn't it work with humans?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Predators sometimes do hunt a prey species to extinction.

    But much of the time, a depleted population of prey causes a decrease in the predators.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Nothing stops them. However when they DO it, they die of starvation so there's nothing else to eat. So predator/prey goes in cycles. Humans aren't predators, they're omnivores, we eat anything. Until we exhaust and kill off all other life on earth...

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    It works the same with all - hunt your prey to extinction and you die as well - but eventually the two natural populations will come into balance. Human populations have never come into balance since the Industrial Revolution - our populations continue to grow exponentially - nature has a cure for that - war, pestilence, famine - our human future.

  • 6 months ago

    Prey reproduces faster in greater numbers than predators. Predators can be ostracized, lose dominance, be injured during dominance ir mating battles, die from starving to death, lose teeth, die from injuries during natural disasters, cancer, liver and kidney failure, die after or during birth, or from pneumonia. Life is not just. SURVIVAL OF the fittest. Humans survive because cultures survive, but cultures adapt and change. We transmit knowledge from generation to generation. Yes, other species do do this, but they do not have writing.

    Evolution is scientific FACT. Where did antibiotic resistant microbes and viruses come from?

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  • poldi2
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Generally prey animals reproduce faster than predators kill them.

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    There are always more prey animals than predators...look how many lions are in a pride then compare with the number of wildebest in a herd.

  • 6 months ago

    Prey depleted far enough means the predators die too. The up/down populations of Canadian hares and lynx are well known to science.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The predator - pray dynamics that don't balance out go extinct

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