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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:24 AM

Large numbers of hyenas and humans coexist, study finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20031460




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.

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Reply Large numbers of hyenas and humans coexist, study finds (Original post)
xchrom Oct 2012 OP
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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:32 AM

1. That's interesting!

But I admit I thought this was going to be about the banks and Wall Street.
I do wonder what would happen if there was a drought or outbreak of something that would make the domestic animal supply very scarce. Would the hyenas go elsewhere or start hunting people or just become less numerous. Or maybe people would start hunting hyenas.
Okay, that reminds me of Wall Street too.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:06 AM

2. Hyena doesn't taste very good. And vis-a-versa.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:52 AM

3. Washington DC has been surrounded by people for years, n/t

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:51 AM

4. I thought this was fascinating.

The people tolerate a small amount of predation on their livestock and in return the hyena's clean up the sick and dead animals.

This acceptance is alien to the Western European "Exterminate Them All!" perspective.

This is probably a long established relationship. People only killed the hyenas who were exceptionally dangerous to humans or livestock. Hyena society learned what humans considered "fair game," and human society learned to tolerate the presence of hyenas.

We ought to have this same sort of relationship with wolves in the USA. Most Native American cultures did.

Animals are intelligent. While they were being hunted, gray whales were thought to be dangerous. They'd be quick to smash small boats. Hunting stopped, and now we see them as peaceful giants.



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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 10:28 AM

5. There's a natural affinity ....

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