Mountain lions are eating California wild donkeys. Why scientists say this is a good thing
Mountain lions are known to eat sheep and goats, but they are also known to eat small, wild animals, such as deer, rabbits, and antelope when given the opportunity. This is usually when they are on an off day. For Mountain lions, when they want to munch on something, they’re going to have to steal it. California wild donkey has been getting a little more attention from animal rights activists recently, so there is a chance the animals are getting the lion’s share of the animal over a long period of time.
Wild donkey, commonly known as the California wild donkey, is a small mammal that only lived for about 100 years in California before being declared extinct in the 1940s. Most reports show that they may be extinct after having been declared extinct in the 1920s.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, mountain lions are one of the top 10 most dangerous animals in the country. In 2014, the Humane Society of the United States estimates that over 20 mountain lions are killed every day in California, with over 1,800 killed in 2012. According to the latest count by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, 11 mountain lions were killed in 2014, which is a decrease compared to 2013, when 19 mountain lions were killed.
The Mountain Lion Trust, a non-profit organization that is active in protecting habitat and the free roaming mountain lion population in California, says the mountain lions are eating wild donkey because they are “in a food surplus.”
The mountain lion is an apex predator, and even though there are about 80 million of them in the United States, they have adapted to living in a variety of habitats. The largest, or apex, predator, is the elephant seal. If it had to share food with the mountain lion, they are likely to eat it anyway. However, there is another option.
Donkeys are smaller and weaker compared to mountain lions and they don’t need to eat as much to survive. The mountain lion, on the other hand, has to be fed in order to survive. The other option could be that the donkeys are actually killing them, and that’s what’s really upsetting scientists and animal rights activists.
“It’s pretty amazing that they can control their appetites that way,” said Dave Thomas, a research scientist at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “When they are on a food surplus they’ll kill anything