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Declining Deer Numbers to Blame for Wolf Attacks, Experts Say

posted Jan 15, 2016, 8:53 PM by chloe owens

9/23/15, by Bruce Owen, Winnipeg Free Press

Declining deer numbers to blame for wolf attacks, experts say

An intrusion of wolves around Victoria and Hillside beaches is likely due to the predators searching out new food sources, experts say. The highly mobile wolves have been affected by a decrease in the number of white-tailed deer in eastern Manitoba, which have been hit hard in recent years by harsh winters and deep snowfall. They’ve now moved into the east beaches area to stalk deer population that’s remained healthy in number in part because they’ve been fed by humans…wolves recently seen in cottage country, and the ones attacking pet dogs, are likely adjusting to the decline of deer in their more traditional hunting grounds…wolves that are trapped will be killed. Experts say to attempt to relocate the animal to unfamiliar territory is inhumane as it would most likely die, either killed by other wolves or be hit by a vehicle.