Nature needs a balance between predator and prey or the prey overpopulate and starve. Are the foxes a specific species and need protection? I get annoyed when at-risk populations (Sea otters, turtles) aren’t given help when man’s predations have upset the natural balance
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So, are the foxes being taken out by the dogs, or, are they being deterred because of the dogs? I love the story and influence of our penguin’s revival, but, don’t want to see another species taken out. It’s so awesome these dogs are contributing to the growth of our penguins and prevention of our penguins becoming obsolete, but let’s not forget that even as a nuisance, their predators are part of the natural life cycle of nature, let’s hope they’re being deterred and not killed off.
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Dog and coffee she loves me more. If the foxes had wiped out the penguin population, they would no longer have penguins to feed on and then their own survival would be just as limited as it is now without penguins to eat. If this intervention limits the foxes, then they were doomed to be limited by their own predation anyway. I think in this instance the model of price determination can be applied here in the same way supply and demand would work in the real world. I would hope that if the penguins were killed out the foxes would find a new supply of food? The foxes are a non-native species here. The natural balance has already been drastically upset by their introduction into an ecology that isn’t set up to support them. If the foxes were a normal part of the ecosystem then it would be appropriate to support them – but they’re not. If we could communicate the increasing scarcity of a disappearing penguin population to the foxes with the appropriate cost to them, then the fox that killed the last penguin would pay a very severe price. It would not resurrect that last dead penguin and the economic model would collapse, it would fail, it would end there. The foxes would then eat some form of rodent, which is what they are doing now.