predation

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predation

[prə′dā·shən]
(biology)
The killing and eating of an individual of one species by an individual of another species.
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The proportion of birds captured was 24 % in urban areas where cats represent a possible threat to native birds: probably > 1 million prey animals are monthly killed by free-ranging cats in Finland, at least 144000 of these being birds.
The scent of death: Chemosensory assessment of predation risk by prey animals.
As prey animals, rabbits sometimes display behaviors people do not understand.
Failure of a prey animal to recognize and respond to a predator increases the likelihood that it will be captured during an interaction with a predator.
At night, as the owl flies silently toward its prey, the prey animal has no idea it's in danger.
This strategy involves the dragonfly hovering above a twig or leaf where a prey animal is perched, then swooping down to snatch the prey with its legs.
ABOUT ONE BEAR in ten will respond to artificial vocalization--the shrieks of a small critter in trouble or the mews of a young prey animal looking for company.
As Lisa says: "The horse is the ultimate prey animal, and the human, the ultimate predator.
The status of the rabbit as a prey animal has resulted in very different feeding and behaviour patterns and we must be able to recognise these if we are to successfully care for him as a pet.
Even something as simple as sitting very still or moving very slowly and quietly through the woods can lead a mountain lion to confuse a human with a large prey animal.
And I found myself marveling at the wonder of a horse, an herbivore, a prey animal, a grass eater, a creature who runs to breathe and to escape, acting for all the world like a predator.
If a very small invertebrate prey animal touches trigger hairs on the trap, the door is released and an influx of water carries the hapless victim into the bladder where it is `digested' by enzymes.