The World Is Losing Its Biggest Carnivores: Study
A new study from Oregon State finds the majority of the world's largest carnivores have seen a population drop.By Collin Ruane | January 12, 2014
Most of the world's major carnivores like leopards, lions and cheetahs are on the decline — and scientists say that drop could hurt the environment.
That's according to a new study out of Oregon State University. It says almost 75 percent of the world's 31 largest carnivores have been experiencing a population drop — and there are at least a couple reasons behind it. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Seney Natural History Association)
One of the reasons is climate change. In some cases, it's causing animals to hunt for different types of foods that don't carry the same nutritional benefit they need.