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# Animal control workers in the forest land (GmatClub)

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Animal control workers in the forest land around Forestville have been trying to reduce the population of the Wumpus, an aggressive rodent that has been attacking smaller animals in the area. Local residents believe the Wumpus was introduced to the forest about 50 years ago, when a tourist brought a pair of pet Wumpuses that escaped into the wild. Recently, archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years. This discovery shows that ___.

(A) even if the Wumpus is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild
(B) the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population
(C) Wumpuses have only been attacking smaller animals recently due to a decline in the availability of their main food source
(D) if left unchecked, the Wumpus population will pose a threat to the native ecosystem of the forest
(E) local residents are correct about the origin of the Wumpus in the area

Here is my line of reasoning :
=Premises=> Reduce Wumpus (aggressive rodent) + believe brought 50 years ago + new evidence skeletons back over 2,000 years
=Therefore=> (1>>A) Wumpus can survive in the wild whatever their origin -OR- (2>>C) the attacks of Wumpus are just recent b/c of food scarcity.
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12 May 2016, 18:55
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Animal control workers in the forest land around Forestville have been trying to reduce the population of the Wumpus, an aggressive rodent that has been attacking smaller animals in the area. Local residents believe the Wumpus was introduced to the forest about 50 years ago, when a tourist brought a pair of pet Wumpuses that escaped into the wild. Recently, archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years. This discovery shows that ___.

(A) even if the Wumpus is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild
(B) the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population
(C) Wumpuses have only been attacking smaller animals recently due to a decline in the availability of their main food source
(D) if left unchecked, the Wumpus population will pose a threat to the native ecosystem of the forest
(E) local residents are correct about the origin of the Wumpus in the area

Here is my line of reasoning :
=Premises=> Reduce Wumpus (aggressive rodent) + believe brought 50 years ago + new evidence skeletons back over 2,000 years
=Therefore=> (1>>A) Wumpus can survive in the wild whatever their origin -OR- (2>>C) the attacks of Wumpus are just recent b/c of food scarcity.

OA: later

A for me
Premise is--> Wumpus is>=2000 years old in the forest + tourists have brought the pet, which escaped the forest.

combining both--> even if the pets were not escaped, there would have been wumpuses all around.
It also means that wumpuses can be pets as well as scavengers
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12 May 2016, 21:37
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Animal control workers in the forest land around Forestville have been trying to reduce the population of the Wumpus, an aggressive rodent that has been attacking smaller animals in the area. Local residents believe the Wumpus was introduced to the forest about 50 years ago, when a tourist brought a pair of pet Wumpuses that escaped into the wild. Recently, archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years. This discovery shows that ___.

(A) even if the Wumpus is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild
(B) the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population
(C) Wumpuses have only been attacking smaller animals recently due to a decline in the availability of their main food source
(D) if left unchecked, the Wumpus population will pose a threat to the native ecosystem of the forest
(E) local residents are correct about the origin of the Wumpus in the area

Here is my line of reasoning :
=Premises=> Reduce Wumpus (aggressive rodent) + believe brought 50 years ago + new evidence skeletons back over 2,000 years
=Therefore=> (1>>A) Wumpus can survive in the wild whatever their origin -OR- (2>>C) the attacks of Wumpus are just recent b/c of food scarcity.

OA: later

Argument:
- Animal control is trying to reduce the population of wumpus (because they are killing smaller animals).
- Locals believe wumpus was introduced here when tourists brought them in as pets.
- *Recently, archaeologists here have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years.

This discovery shows that _____________

Note that we need to find the implication of this discovery - the 2000 yr old skeleton found in forest. What does it imply? It implies that rumpus existed in the forest 2000 yrs ago too. It is native to the forest. It was not introduced for the first time 50 yrs ago by tourists.

(A) even if the Wumpus is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild

The discovery doesn't tell us that. If the rumpus was brought in as pet and then they survived in the forest, that would tell us that even if it is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild. The discover of a 2000 yr old skeleton of rumpus in the forest has nothing to do with this.

(B) the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population

Yes, the discovery does show that the wumpus is native to the forest. But I am a bit uncomfortable with the second part of the sentence. The author gives his opinion in this "animal control should not try to control the population". But anyway, it is the most logical completion.

(C) Wumpuses have only been attacking smaller animals recently due to a decline in the availability of their main food source.

The discovery doesn't show that wumpuses did not attack previously. May be they did but their population was limited. May be their population has increased exponentially because of something. The reasons could be many. Also, even if they have started attacking recently, it may or may not be because of food scarcity. The recent discovery doesn't help in establishing any of this. Hence this is certainly not the answer.

(D) if left unchecked, the Wumpus population will pose a threat to the native ecosystem of the forest
Again, this is not an implication of the recent discovery. This has no link to the discovery.

(E) local residents are correct about the origin of the Wumpus in the area
Actually the discovery negates the local residents' belief.

Answer (B)
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12 May 2016, 21:49
jppeka wrote:
Animal control workers in the forest land around Forestville have been trying to reduce the population of the Wumpus, an aggressive rodent that has been attacking smaller animals in the area. Local residents believe the Wumpus was introduced to the forest about 50 years ago, when a tourist brought a pair of pet Wumpuses that escaped into the wild. Recently, archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years. This discovery shows that ___.

(A) even if the Wumpus is raised as a pet, it is able to survive and reproduce in the wild
(B) the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population
(C) Wumpuses have only been attacking smaller animals recently due to a decline in the availability of their main food source
(D) if left unchecked, the Wumpus population will pose a threat to the native ecosystem of the forest
(E) local residents are correct about the origin of the Wumpus in the area

Here is my line of reasoning :
=Premises=> Reduce Wumpus (aggressive rodent) + believe brought 50 years ago + new evidence skeletons back over 2,000 years
=Therefore=> (1>>A) Wumpus can survive in the wild whatever their origin -OR- (2>>C) the attacks of Wumpus are just recent b/c of food scarcity.

OA: later

The beginning of the sentence ---the DISCOVERY shows that...
Clearly the answer has to be SOMETHING to do with the discovery..

ONLY B and E fit in..
E is out because it speaks opposite of what is true..

so B is the most relevant, BUT the addition of "so animal control workers shouldn’t try to reduce its population" does not add to the CHOICE and is totaly irrelevant and out of place
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12 May 2016, 21:50
I will go with B..

Though not the very good answer but best in the lot.

Discovery indicates that the animal is native to the forest and no other option suggests that.
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05 Aug 2019, 07:12
A Makes sense. The skeleton was found in the forest, so it used to be a fully autonomous wild animal.

B. Why on earth would the discovery of an ancient skeleton suddenly change people's mind about reducing the wumpus population or not?

C. Makes sense. We could imagine that the wumpu's main food source disappearing, the animal was forced to find food elsewhere, in places where humans noticed them. Thus explaining why locals had been unaware of the wumpus presence.
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12 Oct 2019, 19:15
Hi VeritasKarishma,

Thank you for your kind explanation.

However, in B, how can we be sure that the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, just because archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years?

It could be the case that the Wumpus had been introduced into the forest by that time.
In this case, it is not native to the Forestville.

Please explain.

Thank you.
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12 Oct 2019, 22:27
This question is problematic.
in (B), there is no clear correlation between "trying to reduce the population of the Wumpus" and "Local residents believe the Wumpus was introduced to the forest about 50 years ago"

To make (B) as a right answer, there should be a clue, which explain certain correlation between two sentences.
so, I will go (A) instead of (B)
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13 Oct 2019, 20:05
ballest127 wrote:
Hi VeritasKarishma,

Thank you for your kind explanation.

However, in B, how can we be sure that the Wumpus is actually native to the forest, just because archaeologists digging in the forest have found skeletons of the Wumpus that date back over 2,000 years?

It could be the case that the Wumpus had been introduced into the forest by that time.
In this case, it is not native to the Forestville.

Please explain.

Thank you.

The 2000 year old skeleton shows that it was not "recently introduced by tourists (50 years ago)". It has been in the forest for a long long time. 2000 years is a long time in terms of human settlements. We don't know whether humans were there in Forestville 2000 years ago. The intent of the argument is quite clear - that Wumpus is native to Forestville.
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