Dietary shifts may underpin the recovery of a large carnivore population

Mariana Campbell, Vinay Udyawer, Timothy Jardine, Yusuke Fukuda, R. Keller Kopf, Stuart Bunn & Hamish Campbell
Supporting the recovery of large carnivores is a popular yet challenging endeavour. Estuarine crocodiles in Australia are a large carnivore conservation success story, with the population having extensively recovered from past heavy exploitation. Here, we explored if dietary changes had accompanied this large population recovery by comparing the isotopes δ13C and δ15N in bones of crocodiles sampled 40 to 55 years ago (small population) with bones from contemporary individuals (large population). We found that δ13C...
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