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3 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Lions and hyenas are both apex predators, competing with each other in their ecosystem.

Male lions kill hyenas whenever they get the chance (they'll go after the matriarch if they can), and hyenas are a constant threat to lion cubs and any weakened or otherwise vulnerable adults.

It's typically not an issue of food scarcity. The species appear to just hate each other.

level 2

That's true, but I can promise that you will never in your life see a lone hyena actively hunt a lion, vice versa, it happens all the time. Hyenas are a pest to lions so while they don't have any natural predators they are hunted down all the time, by the real apex predator of that ecosystem.

level 3
2 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

I definitely won't. Hyenas don't hunt large prey as loners.

That doesn't make them any less of an apex predator. Same faux-logic doesn't apply to wolves, for example.

It sounds like you're suggesting hyenas aren't a real apex predator, and if so that's categorically false. If anything, they're more successful than lions.

A large clan of hyenas is a significant threat to a weakened lion pride. Hyenas are much worse than pests to lions, and that's why hyena killing is often a focus for male lions.

level 4
1 point · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

They are apex predators in the literal definition, but they're easily and quite commonly brought down by another apex. The only way you could consider them more successful is by their numbers and being the smaller of the two it's practically a given. True apex predators will avoid each other more often than not.

It's not faux-logic at all, coyotes are only apex predators when larger predators such as the gray wolf or the brown bear are absent in the environment.

I guess we're just editing in whole bits now lol. So you're saying male lions try to keep the local population down to non threatening numbers? Interesting, I seem to recall predators altering the population of their prey..

Something of a hierarchy exists among Africa's apex predators. As a rule, lions rule supreme, by virtue of their sheer physical strength.

level 2
1 point · 1 month ago

They all watched the Lion King.

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