Wild Bytes [Deer and Wolves] March 24, 2012 Minnesota

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Wild Bytes [Deer and Wolves] March 24, 2012 Minnesota, By Jess Edberg, Information Services Director, International Wolf Center

... research tells us that wolves have a physical advantage over deer in deep snow conditions. Large paws distribute the wolf’s body weight and act like built-in snowshoes whereas the deer’s narrow, pointy hooves poke through the snow to the ground. A chase in deep snow would give the wolf the upper-hand. ... Little snow also means that deer may have had an easier time foraging for food. Less energy used for traveling through deep snow ...

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