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1. The capturing of prey for food.
2. The act of robbing, victimizing, or exploiting others.

[Middle English predacion, plundering, from Latin praedātiō, praedātiōn-, from praedātus, past participle of praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]


(Zoology) a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)


(prɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of plundering or robbing; depredation.
2. predatory behavior.
3. Ecol. the capture and consumption of prey.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praedātiō=praedā(rī) to plunder, catch (see predator) + -tiō -tion]


a relation between organisms or animals in which one feeds on the other. — predatory, adj.
See also: Animals
the act or process of pillaging or plundering.
See also: Theft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.predation - an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
2.predation - the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
hunting, hunt - the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
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"The kid probably triggered the lion's natural response to a prey animal running," said Area Wildlife Manager Mark Lamb.
If your dog does manage to grab and kill a prey animal the behavior is even more strongly reinforced.
Field suspects that up is the most important direction for a prey animal to spot a predator that looms upward as it approaches its prey, but he doesn't have that data yet.
Under the project, the WWF experts in cooperation with the provincial office will attempt to protect the snow leopards' range and prey animal species, conduct a relevant population census, and implement measures to better manage the animal's hunting area and proper pasture land.
Keepers got crafty to make the zebra - a natural prey animal of the dog - which they sprayed with an array of tantalising scents, before adding it the paddock and letting out the siblings - brothers Diallo, Ochi, Gamba and sister, Subira - to find it.
As the owl flies silently toward prey, the prey animal has no idea it's in danger.
However, a prey animal's response to chemical stimuli, including alarm cues and kairomones, is dependent on the conditions the animal was exposed to throughout its life.
We therefore added 3.2% to the breath [delta][sup.13][C.sub.V-PDB] value of the cheetahs to predict the [delta][sup.13][C.sub.V-PDB] of the previously ingested prey animal. For statistical tests, we assumed an alpha value of 5% and used Systat (Version 13).
Although frustrating for the children, this behavior is perfectly normal for a prey animal. The rabbit flees the kids as a deep-seated instinct to protect itself.
"Avoiding situations [that trigger the behavior] is the most effective solution--in other words, don't let your dog run loose--but attempting to give the dog a good treat as you pass a potential prey animal may teach the dog a better alternative."
He argues that there is a human obligation to protect species from extinction, and that while predators and people may still eat animals, such should only be in needed quantities after the prey animal has lived an appropriately fulfilled life.
Garcia portrayed a wolf's predatory drive as necessary to keep prey animal herds healthy and said wolf howls are not meant to be scary.