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Posted by on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6:56am.

My questions is what member of the cat family is the best predator? I have tried to find the answer but each site I have looked at just says that they are predators (lion, tiger, cougar etc). They don't say which is the best. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 7:40am

    Best in what way? Their success in finding prey depends upon the environment that are in. Cougars/panthers are most widespread.

    Scientists try to be objective and not rank things as "good" and "bad" by human standards that are arbitrary and numerous.

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 7:46am

    the question we have been given is 'is the lion the best predator in the cart family'?

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 7:47am

    oops should read cat not cart!

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9:29am

    IT is a bad question. As DrWLS stated, best is in the eye of the the beholder. Frankly, I would vote for the lynx.

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 10:34am

    I agree. It's a bad question for science. It would be a terrific question for an English class, though, to see if you could formulate a thesis statement and then write a paper convincing others that whichever type of cat you chose is the best.

    What does "best" mean? Fastest? Most successful hunter? Produces and successfully raises the largest number of cubs per litter? What?

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 2:27pm

    I guess they mean which is the best hunter?

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 2:40pm

    How do you define "best hunter?" Kills the quickest? Gets the most food? Kills the biggest animals?

  • science - , Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 2:48pm

    As the question says is the lion the best predator in the cat family, I am thinking that they mean which 'cat' is best at catching prey.

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