Thursday, 25 October 2012

Large numbers of hyenas and humans coexist, study finds


Large hyena populations are living alongside human communities in Africa without coming into conflict, a recent study has found.
An international team of scientists surveyed the population size and diet of spotted hyenas in northern Ethiopia.
The study found a large hyena population with a diet that consisted almost exclusively of domestic animals.
Humans and hyenas are able to coexist because the cost of livestock predation to the local people is relatively low.
The results are published in the journal of Mammalian Biology.
Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) are common large carnivores of sub-Saharan Africa, and are the most important large scavengers and hunters in many areas of Ethiopia.

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