Today on Bugs and Stuff Podcast we are talking about something Cari and I have been wanting to discuss for a while and that is predators and why humans hate predators? Part of it most likely stems from days long ago when we were more likely to be on the menu, but at this point humans are by far the most deadly thing in the forest.
We begin this episode by discussing how predators are portrayed in the media. Have you noticed that whenever herbivores are the starts of the show they are anthropomorphized but any predators are often displayed as dumb or other. Think Land Before Time’s t-rexs.
Moving forward, we discuss how our actions removing the world of predators has major implications for the ecosystems. Deer are considered one of the most destructive creatures in the forest at this point. The Nature Conservancy likens their impact to that of invasive insects as they consume many small shrubs and trees making tree regeneration difficult.
It is also interesting to dissect how the media has portrayed predators, especially sharks. The creation of Jaws has lead to the slaughter of sharks. People often are so afraid of sharks they advocate for their irradiations around the globe, but we rarely get a peak into how interesting these creatures are. We just see them as man eating machines when in reality most of the attacks are due to sharks mistakingly biting humans.
I won’t go much further because really our podcast is much more entertaining than this blog post, but I will leave you with this one thing. If we should be afraid of anything it should be humans. We are by far the most destructive predator on Earth. Rather than focusing on other animal predators, perhaps we should curb our own blood thirsty behavior.