The natural world likes to teach us about the complexity of interaction – touch one strand in the web of life and it’s hard to know what else will get tugged; remove one butterfly and who knows what happens to the weather in New York. It also likes to remind us that often we can be most helpful by allowing these natural interactions to happen without our interference.
Mezquida et al. (2006) consider “sage-grouse communities. As top-level predators (now that wolves are missing), coyotes help keep the mid-level predators (“mesopredators”) in check. This is important because mesopredators like foxes, badgers, and ravens are often implicated in chick and egg mortality, while coyotes show little interest in preying on grouse..” Not surprisingly, they present evidence that coyotes may help maintain healthy