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A predator is an organism that hunts and kills another organism (prey). A predator does this with the intention of eating the organism; death of the prey may not occur immediately but is the overall outcome of the interaction. The act of a predator hunting and killing a prey organism is referred to as predation. Predation is a symbiotic relationship in which the predator can directly impact the prey populations. Predators often target the young, weak, or diseased individuals of a prey population. Predators employ a number of different physiological and behavioral adaptations to capture their prey, these may include, but are not limited to: teeth, claws, venom, poison, coloration, camouflage, etc. Some predators employ more active behaviors such as chasing down their prey, while others sit stealthy and wait for their prey. Some examples of predator organisms are: lions, tigers, and bears. Common predators at IslandWood include: coyotes, barred owls, bald eagles, raccoons, river otters, and red-tailed hawks.

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References: Encyclopedia, Britannica: “Predation” Wikipedia: “Predation” Ingles, Lloyd. (1965) Mammals of the Pacific States. Stanford: Stanford University