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Wild Predator Invasion: 8 pm Wed, April 2, on WILL-TV

NOVA follows scientists who are returning apex predators to their natural environments.

“Calusa,” a Florida panther, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

“Calusa,” a Florida panther, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

A growing number of scientists are discovering that removing top predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. NOVA follows scientists who are trying out a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators — like coyotes, bears and panthers — to their natural environments. Can these newly introduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?

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