Trophy hunting removes 'good genes'
''If the population is having to adapt to a new environment and you remove even a small proportion of these high quality males, you could drive it to extinction,'' said Dr Knell.
Hunting animals that stand out from the crowd because of their impressive horns or lustrous manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.
Research predicts that removing even 5% of high-quality males risks wiping out the entire population, for species under stress in a changing world.
Animals prized by trophy hunters for their horns, antlers or tusks usually have the best genes, say UK scientists.
Removing these could push a species over the edge, they warn.