Media ReleaseFrom: The Royal Society
Range Contractions of the World’s Large Carnivores
The majority of the world’s terrestrial large carnivores have undergone substantial range contractions. We analyze a newly constructed, comprehensive set of large carnivore range contraction maps. Large carnivores that have experienced the greatest range contractions include the red wolf (Canis rufus) (> 99%), Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) (99%), and tiger (Panthera tigris) (95%). Contractions were more likely in regions with high rural human population density, cattle density, or cropland. Our results offer new insights into how best to prevent further range contractions for the world’s largest carnivores, which will assist efforts to conserve these species and their important ecological effects.