What might happen if one coyote or all the coyotes in a territory are “removed" or die? Consider the impact on humans, other coyotes in the area, prey species, etc… If coyotes are eliminated from a territory, do you think the removal would be permanent? What methods can the Illinois Department of Natural Resources use to "eliminate" a coyote?
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species' chances to survive and reproduce.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.