Cheetahs and wild dogs show contrasting patterns of suppression by lions (pages 1418–1427)
Alexandra Swanson, Tim Caro, Harriet Davies-Mostert, Michael G. L. Mills, David W. Macdonald, Markus Borner, Emmanuel Masenga and Craig Packer
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12231
African lions have contrasting effects on populations of cheetahs and wild dogs. Lions do not suppress cheetah populations despite inflicting considerable cub mortality, but their impacts on wild dogs are greater than previously supposed, explaining the disappearance of the iconic Serengeti dog population. Fine-scale avoidance behavior may allow apex-mesopredator coexistence.