World’s largest organism is being eaten away by wild animals

One of the World's Oldest and Largest Organisms Is Dying and It's Mostly Our Fault

Also known as the "Trembling Giant", the colony is a genetically identical grouping of 47,000 trees that share a single root system, according to Atlas Obscura.

The Pando forest in the National Park of Fishlake located in the USA state of Utah - the largest colony in the world, it consists of 47,000 aspens and occupies almost half a square kilometer.

Unfortunately, it's also dying.

Humans are already thought to be largely responsible for the nearly complete extinction of massive mammals, simply because we can't stop killing the big ones.

The results of the study were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The deer have turned Pando into their personal buffet, and the trees simply haven't had an opportunity to keep up.

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Rogers and his colleague examined a 72-year series of aerial photographs that revealed the forest's decline, which showed that it has thinned over time as humans have expanded into it by cutting down trees.

It's natural that the older stems are dying off, lead author Paul Rogers, the director of the Western Aspen Alliance and adjunct associate professor at Utah State University, told What's unnatural is that new stems aren't growing, he said.

Rogers goes on to say, "Humans decide on how many animals are there and how they move around".

'One clear lesson emerges here: we can not independently manage wildlife and forests'.

State and federal officials are the ones who can help remedy this issue, so Rogers blames humans, not animals. Pando's genetics may encourage its fast growth in new areas.More fencing, culling of deer, and experimentation with the forest's natural ecology ultimately might save Pando, Dr. Rogers said. The main reason for mule deer and other herbivores, the first Pandos tree shoots promise. The fear is that, should the Pando aspen clone continue to struggle and eventually die, a whole ecosystem of dependent biodiversity will subsequently perish. In this instance, the quaking aspen is considered a "keystone species" - a species upon which others depend. Yes, if we don't get global warming under control it's going to be very hard for all kinds of plants and animals to sustain themselves, but Pando's more immediate threat comes from mule deer. It's not even one of those giant redwood trees in California, but if you guessed it was a tree, you're close.

There's some good news, however. Researchers believe that the only solution to prolong the life of Pando is to see a massive shift in the management policy and adopt a more holistic approach to saving the oldest organism of the planet.

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