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Reading and writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.

Humanity has a very long history of working together to hunt large prey. As an evidence, see the (1) ……………………… rates of large animals after folks first arrive in a new locale. Scientists have a clearer view of our predatory role, across a number of terrestrial as well as marine ecosystems. The picture is not a pretty one, we have few bad hunting habits.    Researchers surveyed 2,125 species of (2) …………………….. on land and in the water. And they (3) …………………….. the behavior of nonhuman predators to humans in those ecosystems. Perhaps not (4) ………………….., humans prey on important large carnivores at a dramatically higher rate than other predators do. The biggest difference comes in which members of the population we cull. The typical predators might kill the young or the infirm. Humans, both on land and particularly in the water, claim a disproportionate number of mature healthy adults of the reproductive age. This practice has dramatic consequences. Removing reproductive adults, especially for species that mature slowly, can do a long-term damage to the entire population. Authors thus call humans “(5) …………………………..” Their report is in a journal Science. They write that options to encourage more(6) …………………………  exploitation could include reducing the take—but also mimicking other predators and leaving full-grown adults alone to (7) ……………………………. repopulating their habitats.

(1) infliction, extinction, competition, vision
(2) predators, registers, syllables, practitioners
(3) peered, fled, quarreled, compared
(4) icily, surprisingly, beguilingly, seismically
(5) super-predators, miracles, confessionals, practitioners
(6) incapable, recreational, denominational, sustainable
(7) tissue, continue, jujitsu, shiatsu

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