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Here are some fun questions to sink your mental teeth into. Some of these questions require longer answers.  See how well you do!

1) Which is larger, the Canada or Eurasian Lynx?  How much larger?

2) What is the furthest recorded horizontal jump of a cougar?

3) Which are stricter carnivores in terms of diet, canines or felines?

4) How are the effects of cougars and wolves different on deer behavior?

5) How does the structure of the teeth of cougars and wolves demonstrate different feeding strategies?

6) Why is the presence of large carnivores important in an ecosystem?

7) Why must long-tailed or short-tailed weasels eat proportionately much more per day than a larger carnivore like a coyote or bobcat?

8) What percentage of a black bear's annual diet is meat?

9) Which is statistically the most dangerous animal in the woods: grizzly bear, gray wolf, cougar, black bear or human?

10) Put these in order of highest to lowest. What is statistically more likely to kill you: a rattlesnake bite, golf ball, honey bee sting and automobile accident?

11) Are garter snakes venomous, true or false?

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11) true

10) auto accident, golf ball, honey bee sting, rattlesnake bite

9) human

8) small 10% depending on the bear

7) high metabolism

6) maintain stable large prey populations (thin out the weak, sick, old, and dumb)

5) Cats have more bang for each bite.  strong short jaws designed to kill quickly.  Dogs have longer rostrums and therefore not as much power in each bite.  Designed to kill slowly.  Dogs can shear better than cats due to well developed carnassials. 

4) Do not know

3) Felines

2) ? 25 or 31 feet

1) ? Eurasian? 

How did I do?

1.) Eurasian

2.) 38 feet

3.) Felines

4.) I don't understand the question

5.) Cougars have stronger jaws, and more muscle. They are the body builders of the forest, the gladiators of 100 acre wood, the last stronghold for cats everywhere. 

6.) Apex predators, among the myriad of benefits they are apart of in the world's ecosystems, the most important element is how they keep the ecosystem in balance. The most stunning example of this I believe is from the East of the U.S. Back in 1960 when Easterners had nearly erradicated nearly all apex predators (namely wolves) from the NE, lyme disease became an issue. The deer populations exploded due to no natural predation, and only then did lyme disease become an issue. Apex predators keep ecosystems in balance so natural rhythms can continue the way nature intended. Not to mention the fact that deer population explosion also lead to erosion from overgrazing, habitat degradation, and weakening their own populations through diseases that normally would have been lamed by wolves or eastern mountain lions. Aldo Leopold's, "Thinking like a mountain," is another great example of why apex predators are important to ecosystems. 

7.) Weasels (and the like) have to use more energy to escape predators whilst cougars have no predators (sides humans)

8.) 30%

9.) Straight up human being dawg. Ya know wut I sayin'?

10.) Auto accident, rattle snake bite, golf ball, honey bee sting

11.) False. 

Nice work guys! Okay, here are the answers...

1) Eurasian.  Can weigh up to 80lbs (as compared to Canada Lynx's 35-40).

2) Upon further research,  I have seen mixed information on this.  Its between 29 feet and 38 feet.

3) Felines.

4) When hunted by wolves, deer (including elk) spend less time in open areas and more time in cover.  Wolves generally hunt deer by running them to exhaustion.  This is more difficult in densely wooded areas.  Cougars hunt from cover, and hunt by ambush.  They attempt to close the distance between their prey and then pounce, and do not have the stamina for long distances.  Therefore, they are at a disadvantage hunting in open country.

5) Cats do have powerful bites, however, wolves have a greater bite force (up to 1500 lbs per sq. inch of pressure).  Cats concentrate much of their bite force on their very large canines.  They are shaped for piercing.  Wolves concentrate their bite force more on their carnassials for crushing bones.  The canines of wolves are shaped for grabbing and hanging on.

6) Between the answers that both of you gave, I think you covered it for this one. :D

7) Weasels have a body shape that does not retain heat as efficiently as other mammals.  Their high metabolic rate (through which much of the calories gained through food are used to fuel/heat the body) demands more food than other mammals of a similar size.  It should not be a surprise that the mammal with the densest fur is a member of the weasel family...

8) It does depend on the bear, but generally very low... 10-15% on average.

9)  Human, without a doubt, is the most dangerous animal out there by a very large margin.

10) The correct order is: auto accident, honey bee, golf ball and rattlesnake.  The statistics are about: 10,000+ for car accidents, 100-200 honey bees, 40 golf balls to the head, and 1-8 rattlesnake bites....

11) Actually, the answer is TRUE.  Garter snakes are mildly venomous, though, rarely cause any noticeable effects on humans.  They have enlarged rear teeth with which they deliver this mild venom to prey such as frogs, slugs or earthworms.

This was a great one Fil.  Thanks for the answers. 

Filip Tkaczyk said:

Nice work guys! Okay, here are the answers...

1) Eurasian.  Can weigh up to 80lbs (as compared to Canada Lynx's 35-40).

2) Upon further research,  I have seen mixed information on this.  Its between 29 feet and 38 feet.

3) Felines.

4) When hunted by wolves, deer (including elk) spend less time in open areas and more time in cover.  Wolves generally hunt deer by running them to exhaustion.  This is more difficult in densely wooded areas.  Cougars hunt from cover, and hunt by ambush.  They attempt to close the distance between their prey and then pounce, and do not have the stamina for long distances.  Therefore, they are at a disadvantage hunting in open country.

5) Cats do have powerful bites, however, wolves have a greater bite force (up to 1500 lbs per sq. inch of pressure).  Cats concentrate much of their bite force on their very large canines.  They are shaped for piercing.  Wolves concentrate their bite force more on their carnassials for crushing bones.  The canines of wolves are shaped for grabbing and hanging on.

6) Between the answers that both of you gave, I think you covered it for this one. :D

7) Weasels have a body shape that does not retain heat as efficiently as other mammals.  Their high metabolic rate (through which much of the calories gained through food are used to fuel/heat the body) demands more food than other mammals of a similar size.  It should not be a surprise that the mammal with the densest fur is a member of the weasel family...

8) It does depend on the bear, but generally very low... 10-15% on average.

9)  Human, without a doubt, is the most dangerous animal out there by a very large margin.

10) The correct order is: auto accident, honey bee, golf ball and rattlesnake.  The statistics are about: 10,000+ for car accidents, 100-200 honey bees, 40 golf balls to the head, and 1-8 rattlesnake bites....

11) Actually, the answer is TRUE.  Garter snakes are mildly venomous, though, rarely cause any noticeable effects on humans.  They have enlarged rear teeth with which they deliver this mild venom to prey such as frogs, slugs or earthworms.

wow this is really great, please keep them coming fil, very enjoyable!

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