Hunting is changing forests, but not as expected. In many tropical forests, over-hunting is diminishing the populations of animals who are vital for dispersing the seeds of woody plants. Those same plants are vital for carbon storage and previous theoretical modeling studies predicted dire consequences to defaunation, this research suggests otherwise. Instead the data shows the effects on the ecosystem are less straightforward and less immediately devastating. Source 9w.
Hunting responsible for mammal declines in half of intact tropical forests. A new study predicts that even where deforestation has not been detected in the tropcis, hunting is reducing populations of large mammals by 40 percent on average, largely due to increased human accessibility to these remote areas. Source 5l.