Historical wildlife interactions?
by, October 4th, 2016 at 03:58 PM (458 Views)
Is anyone familiar with this subject, what its specific branch of study would be called, or what studies/research efforts have been put into the subject?
I'm curious because I was wondering about how historic humans (probably likely definitely) have used hunting, poison or other methods as a means to limit populations of animals that predated on us (tigers, lions, bears, wolves, crocodiles and so on).
I was wondering if there were/are parallels to this seen in other species?
We know that the inverse happens- predators do hunt their prey into extinction (cases of invasive species of wild rats absolutely butchering native populations, amongst others) but do we know of other/similar cases where prey species hunted or otherwise killed their predators into obscurity?
Or if hunting/killing their predators into submission does not exist, does there exist other cases of prey actively taking down their natural predators in general?
Key word here is actively, not as in response to a threat but deliberately going out of their way to suppress their predatory species.