Western University BiologyWestern Science

Human super predator most terrifying of all

Dr. Liana ZanetteA new study by Western scientists Liana Zanette and Michael Clinchy demonstrates that smaller carnivores, like European badgers, that may be prey to large carnivores, actually perceive humans as far more frightening. Globally, humans now kill smaller carnivores at much higher rates than large carnivores do, and these results indicate that smaller carnivores have learned to fear the human ‘super predator’ far more than they fear their traditional enemies. For more extensive coverage on this story please see:

CBC News Windsor - CBC programming terrifies British badgers, study suggests

The Washington Post - British badgers are more afraid of the BBC than of bears - and that's very bad

Vice: Motherboard - Badgers Are More Scared of the BBC Than Bears

Western News - Human super predator most terrifying of all