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David LeRay
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Suppose a carnivore has already of population size 4 already has 4 food eaten. But there is a possible target species that the carnivore could attack.

Can the carnivore kill the target for sport, even though it cannot keep any of the food?
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No. Once a species is full, it doesn't eat any more (unless it has Fat Tissue, and then it won't eat when it's at max chubbiness.)
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dleray wrote:
Can the carnivore kill the target for sport, even though it cannot keep any of the food?


Only in the Jurassic World variant
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dleray wrote:

Can the carnivore kill the target for sport, even though it cannot keep any of the food?

Only humans.
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patcon wrote:
dleray wrote:

Can the carnivore kill the target for sport, even though it cannot keep any of the food?

Only humans.


...and coyotes, and (so I hear) wolves and wild dogs.
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House cats.
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domcrap wrote:
House cats.
Is it really for sport? They bring you their kill, so aren't they really doing it to demonstrate to you their value as a pest controller. A barn cat that didn't kill mice (and let the farmer know this) would soon find itself unemployed and on its own. That behavior would be passed on to future generations.
 
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patcon wrote:
Is it really for sport? They bring you their kill, so aren't they really doing it to demonstrate to you their value as a pest controller. A barn cat that didn't kill mice (and let the farmer know this) would soon find itself unemployed and on its own. That behavior would be passed on to future generations.


I've seen cats that hunt and play with mice and other rodents in the field; they then kill it when they get bored with playing with it and walk away, leaving the body uneaten. At least some do most certainly hunt for sport. I think it's a combination of hunting instinct, and availability of food: a cat with a strong hunting instinct will hunt and kill, but if they're fed at home every day they have no need to actually eat the kill so they effectively just do it for sport.

Regarding your suggestion about barn cats, most farmers don't "employ" the cat -- they simply let it do its thing, and seldom actually feed it, so it has motivation to hunt (hunger).
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