John Harmonic

Is a man with a gun the strongest predator on earth?

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Is a man with a gun or weapons considered the most powerful/strongest predator on earth. I mean with a weapons man seems to be unstoppable against any other animal in the wild? All it comes down to is skill of weaponry so also add SKILLFUL for one of the tools of the human predator as well the weaponry.

Man can also go toe to toe with diseases and micro organisms via medicine slowly destroying it over time if a human was to be infected with it somehow.

Man can also skillfully crush small bugs with bare hand and also catch snakes and bag them bitches.

That's all I can think of for now with human abilities. What else do you think we can do? And restating my question once more are we the strongest predators on earth?

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I'd have to vote for the mosquito as the greatest predator of concern for humans. The are responsible for something like 750,000 deaths per year.

From the perspective of krill, I imagine baleen whales are pretty scary.

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3 hours ago, John Harmonic said:

I mean with a weapons man seems to be unstoppable against any other animal in the wild?

Middle of the ocean, you with an AR-15 and a full clip, orca swims up from below. You get stopped.

I would avoid using absolute terms like "unstoppable" when it comes to complex organisms and the behavior between them.. 

Environment is too much of a factor to claim we're the top predator. In most environments, with our tools, we're pretty incredible. But outside our prime zones, there are many creatures that can survive better, or escape us if we're hunting them, or even kill us if we corner them. 

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3 minutes ago, Phi for All said:

Middle of the ocean, you with an AR-15 and a full clip, orca swims up from below. You get stopped.

You beat me to it. I was literally type that same when you posted. 

A human alone anywhere with a AR-15 wouldn't be absolutely safe. Armed hunters have been killed by bears and large cats. Alone a human isn't the most difficult animal out there to sneak up on. Groups provide humans more protection than a gun. 

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12 minutes ago, Ten oz said:

You beat me to it. I was literally type that same when you posted. 

A human alone anywhere with a AR-15 wouldn't be absolutely safe. Armed hunters have been killed by bears and large cats. Alone a human isn't the most difficult animal out there to sneak up on. Groups provide humans more protection than a gun. 

I was just thinking the same. Not long ago read about 2 rifles and a couple pairs of boots being found in an African game reserve... 2 ivory poachers became lunch for a pride of lions that sneaked up on them, it was suspected.  :D It was not regarded as tragic.

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An adult african bull elephant would be hard to deal with using an ar-15 especially if he knew you were there, it's said an african elephant can sneak up on any human and use you like a whisk broom. From a distance a human with a high powered rifle is hard to beat but even the odds a little and the human is dog food... Tigers regularly hunt humans as food in some areas, if a tiger was hunting you i doubt any weapon would make much of a difference when he ambushes you. crocodiles eat people with some regularity as well, many animals can ambush a human armed with an nuclear device and the human is food unless he has a dead man's switch... In which case he is still dead.. A kodiak bear would be a tough kill if it ambused you as well... 

 

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5 hours ago, John Harmonic said:

Is a man with a gun or weapons considered the most powerful/strongest predator on earth.

For about 16 hours a day, maybe.

When he's asleep... not so much.

Many animals are patient.

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