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The presence or absence of predators can profoundly impact the balance of an ecosystem. New research shows that the loss of large predators can negatively affect everything from songbird populations and plant life to wildfires and disease, and that their return to an area can reverse many of these harmful changes.

In spite of the good that predators do, not everyone wants them in their backyard — particularly those who work with livestock. As the Aatsinkis know full well, large predator populations can devastate both a herder and his herd. Careful management is needed in order to minimize the loss of domestic animals while also ensuring that predators have a place in the modern world.

Unfortunately, predators are disproportionately vulnerable to human activities because they require large spaces — spaces that are increasingly fragmented by roads, buildings, and other man-made threats.

Wildlife corridors can help protect both predators and ecosystems from these and other dangers. Learn about corridors in Florida, Vermont, and the Yellowstone to Yukon region, and get involved in a land or water corridor campaign in your area. It's not the answer, but it's a step in the right direction.

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