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When predators become prey: Scientists track island foxes

photo of island foxA team of biologists has documented the extent to which feral pigs have disrupted the ecosystem of the Channel Islands, threatening the native island fox with extinction. Josh Donlan, science director for the nonprofit Island Conservation and Ecology Group based at UCSC, has coauthored a paper on the biologists' findings. The cat-sized island fox, once the dominant predator in the ecosystem, is now preyed upon by golden eagles. More
January 7-13, 2002
Vol. 6, No. 19

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