Study: Drop in elk reproduction tied to wolves’ presence

March 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

Images A new Montana State University study has found what elk hunters have espoused for years: that the presence of wolves alone adversely impacts elk populations through decreased calf numbers. Ecology professor Scott Creel and his associates concluded that wolves made elk more vigilant and skittish, affecting pregnancy and calf numbers in the elk herds—indicating that wolves affect elk populations far beyond direct kills. Spokane Spokesman-Review.


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