A biology professor in Grinot is seeking funds from his university’s research program to develop a program that proves the need for protecting the Yither snake, a type of rare snake found only in Grinot region. The proposed hypothesis would prove that the rodent population of Grinot would double in one year without the Yither snake. He states that the research is needed in order to prove to residents that the snake is vital in supporting the homeostasis of Grinot's sensitive environment. The professor believes residents are not supportive of enacting protective measures because they do not understand the importance of the Yither snake, as feedback from an informal residential survey concluded that residents surveyed had no knowledge of the Yither snake's role in the Grinot environment. The professor feels the positive impact the snake makes in the environment by managing the rodent population will influence people to support its protection.
Which of the following scenarios, if true, most closely parallels and strengthens the professor's reasoning?