Predator Quiz

Okay friends, I need your help. All of you.

I’m developing a program on predators and I want some unbiased feedback. Throw me some answers to the following questions in the comments section. It will only take a few minutes and I would be so greatly appreciative! Pass it along to friends, colleagues, students, etc; the more, the merrier!

1. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read or hear the word “predator”? (If the movie “Predator” comes to mind, that’s okay.)

2. What kind of feelings do you have when you hear or read the word “predator,” or think about predators?

3. How educated do you feel about predators in general? Have you ever sought to become more educated?

4. Do you think predators are important/beneficial, or do you think they’re inconsequential?

5. What kinds of words come to mind when you think about predators?

6. Name five to ten predators that you are most familiar with off the top of your head.

7. Do you think it’s necessary to teach kids about predators? What about adults?

8. Would you like to learn more about predators, their natural histories, and their effect on the environment?

9. Do you have hobbies or a profession that predisposes you to information about predators?

10. Do you think the media (news, movies, TV) provides an accurate portrayal of predators?

To show my heartfelt thanks, here’s a photo of a baby numbat being hand-fed. GOO.

Baby Numbat, via ZooBorns.com. Click to be taken to the awesome article (and more photos!).

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Posted on March 21, 2011, in Biology/Ecology, Connected Living and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. 1. Apex predators: wolves, mountain lions, hawks, etc
    2. Awe, curiosity
    3. Fairly educated and yes, I have sought more education
    4. Important and beneficial
    5. Power, strength, excellent reflexes
    6. Wolves, mountain lions, panthers, lions, jaguars, bears, foxes, eagles, hawks, owls
    7. It is necessary to teach everyone of all ages about predators.
    8. Yes, I’m always looking to learn more.
    9. Yes, I love the outdoors and I’m a Naturalist/Outdoor Education Instructor.
    10. No, the media does not provide an accurate image. Fear sells so the concentrate on those aspects, which is not a total picture.

  2. 1. Wolves, cheetahs, pretty much any animal that hunts and eats other animals. And yes, the movie.

    2. “I hope i don’t get eaten by one.”

    3. I feel like i know enough to get by in my everyday. If i get interested in one in particular, google is my friend.

    4. Well, they’re part of the food chain, so, definitely not inconsequential.

    5. Claws, fangs, blood, meat

    6. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, hyenas, eagles, hawks, sharks, humans

    7. Yes and yes.

    8. If i become interested in a particular, sure.

    9. Nope, neither.

    10. Certain media does (some shows on Discovery channel, Nova on pbs)

  3. 1. large carnivores like bears, wolves, & big cats
    2. awe. a desire to watch them. excitement. extreme interest.
    3. I feel a bit more educated than the public, but not much more. I read many books on them. Would love to have more formal education & training on them. Have had some in college zoology.
    4. Very important.Necessary for ecological balance.
    5.wow. oooh, i want to see it. majestic. be careful. –generally words of appreciation, excitement, interest, and a bit of fear.
    6.bears, wolves, coyotes, raptors, mtn lions, sharks, toads, alligators, crocodiles, piranhas, I’d say humans, but I think we’ve become more opportunists. :)
    7.yes and yes
    8. absolutely
    9. yes hobbies(mtn biking, hiking, etc. –have to be aware of what’s out there); science education degree
    10. No, portrayed as blood lust killers, not animals trying to survive.

  4. 1. Mountain lion. Weird.

    2. I want to get closer.

    3. I feel I am quite educated, moreso about the reptilian aspect, and becoming more educated is an ever present quest.

    4. Incredibly important for many reasons.

    5. Danny Glover.

    6. Crotalus oreganus, Crotalus atrox, Crotalus molossus, Crotalus mitchelli, Crotalus cerberus, Crotalus scutulatus, Crotalus cerastes, Crotalus tigris, Crotalus willardi, Crotalus pricei, Crotalus lepidus, Crotalus ruber, Crotalus helleri, Crotalus horridus, Crotalus stephensi, etc.

    7. Yes. A person cannot understand the natural world, evolution, or biology in general without understanding predator/prey relationships.

    8. Yes

    9. Yes

    10. No

  5. 1. eagles, jaguars, wolves, etc…
    2. something powerful and a little scary
    3. I am not very educated on what to do if I were to face certain predators. I have thought about learning this, yes.
    4. Important
    5. aggressive, powerful, strong
    6. eagle, jaguar, cougar, hawk, snake, black panther, wolf, fox, kestrel, tiger
    7. Both, because many adults don’t know much either
    8. yes
    9. yes, hiking, being outside
    10. No, probably not. They are crucial for the health of the ecosystem

  6. 1. Big animals that hunt smaller animals..eagles, lions, wolves. And the movie too now that you mention it!
    2. If they are furry I want to pet them. I don’t however want to watch them kill anything. I know it’s natural and they have to eat, but I don’t like to see things killed.
    3. Not very, other than some documentaries here and there, NatGeo/Nova type shows.
    4. I would think they wouldn’t exist if they weren’t consequential, I suppose they keep certain populations of smaller animals in check.
    5. Hunt, stalk, pounce, grab.
    6. Eagle, wolf, lion, cheetah, hawk..can’t think of any..the movie is distracting me!!!
    7. Definitely, esp if they live in an area/close-by to where predators are prevalent. You always hear stories about coyotes stealing dogs or attacking people. Maybe if people knew more, there could be more precautions. Or maybe I’m not giving people enough credit for not being dumbasses.
    8. Would love to, I love animals and as long as there aren’t graphic death scenes/pictures, would be very interested.
    9. Nope!
    10. Not too sure, I don’t think I really know enough to know if it’s accurate or not.

  7. Sorry, Short memory so pasted in your list

    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read or hear the word “predator”?

    Top of the food chain. I’m food.

    2. What kind of feelings do you have when you hear or read the word “predator,” or think about predators?

    Awe. Small fear. More fear of a moose though.

    3. How educated do you feel about predators in general? Have you ever sought to become more educated?

    I feel pretty good.

    4. Do you think predators are important/beneficial, or do you think they’re inconsequential?

    A park without predators in Ontario became overrun with deer. They ate the forest floor and as high as they could reach. Overpopulated, starving and week. They had to be culled for the health of the herd. Predators are a necessity.

    5. What kinds of words come to mind when you think about predators?

    Claws. Teeth. Talons. Ouch. Big. Requiring respect.

    6. Name five to ten predators that you are most familiar with off the top of your head.

    Bears (Grizzly, black, brown, kodiak, polar) does that cound as one or five ?

    Wolverine

    Eagle

    Hawks & falcons

    Lions, cougars, panthers, tigers, bobcats, servals, cheetas

    Wolves & coyotes & foxes

    mink & otters

    Sharks

    Snakes (many kinds)

    Komodo dragon (don’t let him drool on you !)

    7. Do you think it’s necessary to teach kids about predators? What about adults?
    Here in the Halifax area there have been frequent sightings of coyotes in the area and the coyotes has displayed little fear …

    Education is a must in areas where people (adults and kids) come close to nature.

    8. Would you like to learn more about predators, their natural histories, and their effect on the environment?

    Sure. I find it very interesting but then I’m visiting a nature blog.

    9. Do you have hobbies or a profession that predisposes you to information about predators?

    Nope. I’m just an animal too. Perhaps the most dangerous nasty kind there is. A human animal.

    10. Do you think the media (news, movies, TV) provides an accurate portrayal of predators?

    Nope. They like to sensationalize.

    I moved to Nova Scotia to escape the pit bull ban in Ontario. That sort of hysteria is a great example of the damage the media can do.

    Even the Discovery Channel has shows about “When animals attack” and “I survived a (name of animal here) ”

    I’m intrigued to see what you’re going to do with all this.

    Sybil
    Eastern Passage, NS

  8. 1. Snake
    2. Predator has a negative connotation; I don’t have negative feelings when I think of some specific predators as their specific animal type.
    3. I am fairly well educated on predators. I do a lot of science reading and come across the subject generally, and certain kinds of animals specifically, from time to time.
    4. They are important to the ecology of an eco-system.
    5. Not sure; I can’t separate the general term from predator from more specific terms like “lion.” Predators in general are ferocious, ruthless, cold. (My reaction to the word “predator” is equivalent to my reaction to the words “shark” and “snake”.)
    6. Lions, tigers, bears, snakes, sharks, cougars, certain dinosaurs.
    7. Yes, it should be part of a general science education.
    8. Yes, except for snakes!
    9. Readings.
    10. The science shows we watch on Discovery and other science channels do. The general media doesn’t pay a lot of attention to them, and the movies generally do not portray predators accurately.

  9. 1. Top of the food chain
    2. I’m interested in them–but figure that they are largely misunderstood by the general public (thought of as evil/bad)
    3. Very educated. Not sure how to answer the second part of this question–I’ve sought info about specific predators when interested in them–wolf, cougar, orca…
    4. Very important & beneficial.
    5. Misunderstood, feared, powerful
    6. Humans, wolves, orcas, cougars, bears, sharks, praying mantis, hawks, eagles, seals
    7. I think it’s necessary to teach kids and adults about the natural world in general, including about predators.
    8. Sure, always interested in learning something new!
    9. Have been a naturalist, am currently a writer of eco-fiction and about the environment
    10. Not usually–tho the occasional movie (Never Cry Wolf) does, as does PBS–news media likes the scare angle

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