UW-Madison Professor Discusses Wisconsin Wolf-Deer Issues April 5, 2015

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... To determine the causes of deer mortality, he conducted research and found that wolves accounted for less than 5 percent of adult deer deaths in a given year.  Furthermore, his research suggested wolves are “opportunistic predators,” typically only preying on juveniles or weak individuals.  The presence of wolves on the landscape does have an ecological impact. Van Deelen said deer eat less vegetation in areas where there are more wolves, and deer eat more vegetation in areas with fewer wolves...


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