Nova: Wild Predator Invasion

Nova: Wild Predator Invasion

Sunday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Can newly reintroduced predators restore their ecosystems?

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?

Photo: “Calusa,” a Florida panther, now living at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.