Predators have made a comeback all around the country. In some regions the populations have gone unchecked and wild game herds have suffered the consequences.
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Better management practices and smarter hunting regulations have allowed predator species around the country to rebound from dangerously low numbers in the 1900s. Most outdoorsmen and women, consider this great news. For some, these predators are challenging game species to chase through the backcountry. For others, they serve as a welcome reminder that we are not always the top dog on the food chain.
But there has also been a considerable amount of collateral damage in this recent predator boom. Some predator species have quickly repopulated regions unchecked. Elk, deer and moose herds have suffered and hunters have grown frustrated waiting for game agencies to untangle the red tape. Also, as suburbia expands, the number of predator and human conflicts has slowly increased. Take a look at which predator populations are growing the fastest.
Photo: Chris Muiden