Lack of Animal Feces Disrupts Ecosystems
Does a bear poop in the woods? Hopefully. A new study finds that animal feces are key to maintaining balance in the natural world. Creatures migrating by both land and sea disperse nutrients over great distances via their poop. But the ongoing threat of extinction for many species, especially larger mammals, could harm more than we realize if their excrement is no longer around to enrich the environment. Revitalizing whale populations, for example, could boost the oceans’ carbon dioxide-absorbing ability, which would be great for mankind and beast alike.