Carrying capacity is the limit to the number of individuals (population) that can occupy a habitat. Basically, this term pertains to the maximum population that an environment can support. This limit is usually defined by limiting resources, such as energy, shelter, and nutrient availability. However, this can also be limited by nesting sites and predation.
Carrying capacity is influenced by all of the following except ____. (NOTE: the species for which the K is calculated is in parentheses.)
A. Nesting sites (bald eagle)
B. Squirrel abundance (fox)
C. Milkweed plants (Monarch butterflies)
D. Soil nitrogen content (maple tree)
E. Fox abundance (squirrel)
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