A variety of top predators – more than just the super-predator, humans – are
required for ecological sustainability. These large animals help shape the
entire ecosystem of which they are part, and their local extirpation can
dramatically impact species diversity and plant community structure. In our
risk averse society it is incredible that very occasional encounters between
humans and predators has meant a virtual death sentence to predators; as we
drive and fly and eat hamburgers to death. There is refreshing news that the
lynx may be recolonizing my place of birth – Northern Minnesota.