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Leila A. Brook, Christopher N. Johnson and Euan G. Ritchie Effects of predator control on behaviour of an apex predator and indirect consequences for mesopredator suppression Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 4 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02207.x

Predator control not only reduces indices of apex predator abundance but can also modify their behaviour. Hence, indicators other than abundance, such as behavioural patterns, should be considered when estimating a predator's capacity to effectively interact with lower trophic guilds. Changes to apex predator behaviour may relax limitations on the behaviour of mesopredators, providing enhanced access to resources and prey.

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