Definition of predation
1 : the act of preying or plundering : depredation
2 : a mode of life in which food is primarily obtained by the killing and consuming of animals
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But myriad problems ensued, including predation, high water levels and pollution.
Other potential threats are disease agents like pathogens and harmful algal blooms, habitat loss, reduction in food sources, illegal hunting, pollution and predation, according to the recovery plan.
Boechler said sea lion predation may have been a factor, but an assessment isn't completed.
At first, Mary loved the deer, but eventually the couple fenced 5 acres to protect the gardens from predation.
Hopkins, who identifies as queer and prefers to be referred to with gender-neutral plural pronouns, often took time out during concerts to talk about creating a safe space against predation.
Since its inception in 1885, Peterson explains, Wildlife Services’ goal has been to protect cattle and sheep primarily in the West from predation.
Other issues include disease, a fatal brain worm spread by deer (which have thrived farther north in moose territory thanks to lesser snowfall) and predation by wolves and bears, especially on moose calves.
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Origin and Etymology of predation
Middle English predacion, from Latin praedation-, praedatio, from praedari
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of predation for English Language Learners
: the act of killing and eating other animals : the act of preying on other animals
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