I've heard in a lecture about protection of primates that one reason the classical population dynamics doesn't work is that the aboriginal hunters tend to hunt the big, strong and healthy individuals that have the best chance of becoming a successful parent.
Is this effect really so significant that it outweighs the fact that the hunters don't have to hunt so many of them in order to get the same amount of meat?
This question asks about the best strategy in protecting rare wild animal species against excessive hunting. We don't have to intervene when lions hunt zebras because less zebras means less food for lions - so the ratio of zebras and lions doesn't change much so there's no danger of any species getting extinct. Unlike the natural predators and prey, it has been found that the amount of meet hunted by people in forests isn't anyhow dependant on the number of animals living in the nature because humans use tools which give them a huge advantage over the "prey". Also, number of people living in a forest isn't dependent on the sources in the wild, due to the rise of agriculture.
There was a research how much is the size of an animal connected to the probability a hunter will hunt specifically this animal and it has been found that the hunters tend to pick the physically biggest, strongest and healthiest individuals. This phenomenon has been marked as dangerous for the future preservation of wild species because (that's my guess) the most healthy and strong are the most likely to rear healthy offspring. I said to myself that from what I've learned about evolution, the difference between the physical fitness of an individual feed by a less strong parent (compared to the rest of the population) and an individual feed by a stronger parent can't be so big that it overweighs the fact that when a hunter hunts smaller animals, he's more likely to hunt more of them (That's something that has been studied) so the overall number of hunted animals is actually bigger. So my question is, wheter I'm correct or wheter the factor of the bigger number of animals you hunt when you hunt small animals actually isn't as important as the fact that healthy and strong parents will rear healthy and strong offspring.