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A large or powerful creature that preys on smaller and weaker creatures. The term typically refers to a carnivorous animal that hunts other animals for survival. Common predators in the Southwest are wolves, mountain lions, and birds of prey such as the eagle or the hawk. However, depending on the context, a predator can also be a human who victimizes people who don't possess the agency to resist him or her. In addition, some institutions such as government agencies, large corporations, and prominent financial institutions, among others, are said to be predatory because of their exploitative policies or business practices.

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"Mounatin lion, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, November 14, 2009" by Joshua Barnett is licensed under CC BY.

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