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Because state sanctions against hunting have been eased, Deersdale preserve has experienced an influx of hunters in the last several months. During this time, the silvertail fox, a popular target for hunters, has seen a marked decrease in population. Therefore, to prevent the population of silvertail fox- an important apex predator responsible for keeping the deersdale county's rabbit population in check- from falling even lower, the state should once again place strict sanctions against hunting.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly suggests that stricter sanctions against hunting would not have the desired effect?


A) The number of hunters entering the park is expected to drop drastically in the next few months as hunting season comes to an end.

B) The silvertail fox population varies greatly throughout the year, especially during winter when prey becomes scarce

C) The grey wolf, a large predator that competes with the silvertail fox over deersdale preserves rabbit population has seen its numbers decrease since the arrival of the hunters

D) The silvertail fox had been experiencing a population surge shortly before the state sanctions against hunting were eased.

E) Many rabbits in the deersdale preserve recently have become carriers of a virus that destroys the livers of carnivorous animals.

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Last edited by Bunuel on 28 Sep 2018, 08:13, edited 2 times in total.
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Because state sanctions against hunting have been eased, Deersdale Preserve has experienced an influx of hunters in the last several months. During this time, the silvertail fox, a popular target for hunters, has seen a marked decrease in population. Therefore, to prevent the population of silvertail fox—an important apex predator responsible for keeping the Deersdale County’s rabbit population in check—from falling even lower, the state should once again place strict sanctions against hunting.



Which of the following, if true, most strongly suggests that stricter sanctions against hunting would not have the desired effect?


A) The number of hunters entering the park is expected to drop drastically in the next few months as hunting season comes to an end.- does not tell whether the imposition of strict restrictions will help prevent the decrease in number of silvertail fox
B) The silvertail fox population varies greatly throughout the year, especially during winter when prey becomes scarce.-correct option which says that the imposition of stricter rules will not have the desired effect
C) The grey wolf, a large predator that competes with the silvertail fox over Deersdale Preserve’s rabbit population, has seen its numbers decrease since the arrival of the hunters.-out of context
D) The silvertail fox had been experiencing a population surge shortly before the state sanctions against hunting were eased.-out of context
E) Many rabbits in the Deersdale Preserve recently have become carriers of a virus that destroys the livers of carnivorous animals.- we don't know whether the liver disease in carnivorous animals is causing them to die or decrease in number. we can consider silvertail fox as a carnivore since it feeds on rabbits.-not correct
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state sanctions against hunting has led to an influx of hunters in recent months.
silvertail fox - a popular target for hunters, population of silvertail has declined . Silvertail also helps to keep in check the rabbit population.

C:To prevent population of the silvertail from falling even lower --- state should once again place strict sanctions.

q: weaken !!

E it is ... as it gives another reason in decline in population of silvertail because their food itself carries a virus that destroys the livers of carnivorous animals, so even if you place strict sanctions on hunting ,the population of silvertail is bound to decline .
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Incorrect c) The grey wolf, a large predator that competes with the silvertail fox over deersdale preserves rabbit population has seen its numbers decrease since the arrival of the hunters

Since when a sanction is back in place, the grey wolf population will rise again, keeping rabbit population in check. Therefore, stricter sanctions against hunting would have the desired effect.

E suggest that Rabbit ( Virus Carrier) will lead to decrease in its predator population. So sanction will not have a desired effect of keeping rabbit population in check
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The argument says the decline in silvertail fox was because of the removal of state sanctions. So, if again we impose these sanctions, we will be able to prevent our silvertail fox.

Inorder to weaken it, we can say even if we apply these sanctions, we will not be able to help prevent silvertail fox. May be something else is there to kill them.

A) The number of hunters entering the park is expected to drop drastically in the next few months as hunting season comes to an end. : What about the season when the hunting would start again?

B) The silvertail fox population varies greatly throughout the year, especially during winter when prey becomes scarce : Irrelevant. We dont care about this. o where our pre thinking is coming.

C) The grey wolf, a large predator that competes with the silvertail fox over deersdale preserves rabbit population has seen its numbers decrease since the arrival of the hunters. Irrelevant. Grey Wolf has also seen its decrease. So?? How does it tell anything about sanctions?

D) The silvertail fox had been experiencing a population surge shortly before the state sanctions against hunting were eased. : Ohh. So, it is trying to strengthen the claim. But we need to weaken. Incorrect

E) Many rabbits in the deersdale preserve recently have become carriers of a virus that destroys the livers of carnivorous animals. Awesome. Inline with our prethinking.
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IMO OA is E


A) The number of hunters entering the park is expected to drop drastically in the next few months as hunting season comes to an end.
-> Nothing. There is no relationship with stricter sanction
B) The silvertail fox population varies greatly throughout the year, especially during winter when prey becomes scarce.
-> Nothing. This is just one kind of fact that is possible to happen.
C) The grey wolf, a large predator that competes with the silvertail fox over Deersdale Preserve???s rabbit population, has seen its numbers decrease since the arrival of the hunters.
-> keep
D) The silvertail fox had been experiencing a population surge shortly before the state sanctions against hunting were eased.
-> Nothing. This is just a fact of past period.
E) Many rabbits in the Deersdale Preserve recently have become carriers of a virus that destroys the livers of carnivorous animals.
-> keep

Between C and E, I chose E.
The reason is below.
C. If there are alot of rabbits, there is no problem. So I do not chose C.
E. Even though there is stricter sanctions against hunting, fox population would be diminished, because their prey rabbit
will make foxes die.
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Hi Mike,

I noticed that this question is from Magoosh. I have come across two different answers for this question. One post said the OA was B whereas this post is saying that the OA is E. I was wondering if you could please confirm the final answer? The link that Mr. Chetan posted mentions that the OA is B; however, the OA is confirmed as E here. Could you please confirm the final answer? Would immensely appreciate it!

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Hi Mike,

I noticed that this question is from Magoosh. I have come across two different answers for this question. One post said the OA was B whereas this post is saying that the OA is E. I was wondering if you could please confirm the final answer? The link that Mr. Chetan posted mentions that the OA is B; however, the OA is confirmed as E here. Could you please confirm the final answer? Would immensely appreciate it!

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Hi csaluja,

Carolyn from Magoosh here -- I can step in for Mike :-)

The official answer is E, and has not been changed. See Mike's previous posts here discussing the reason that B is not the best answer choice.

Hope that helps! :-)
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Why is option d incorrect? And how exactly is it trying to strengthen the argument?

The population of silvertale fox had already been declining prior to these hunting restrictions not being in place. So even if we increase the restrictions on hunting, that would not make any difference.

Please help!!

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aditliverpoolfc wrote:
Why is option d incorrect? And how exactly is it trying to strengthen the argument?

The population of silvertale fox had already been declining prior to these hunting restrictions not being in place. So even if we increase the restrictions on hunting, that would not make any difference.

Please help!!

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Hey aditliverpoolfc,

Did you maybe just mix up the vocabulary?

(D) states that the fox population was increasing (surging), and not declining
This actually strengthens the claim that the hunting caused depopulation, because it shows that population growth completely reversed its trend (from growing to shrinking) when hunting started.
Since we're looking for something that weakens the connection between hunting and population decrease, this is not the answer...
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