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Examining the Complex Coexistence of Wolves, Moose

posted May 1, 2018, 7:57 PM by chloe owens

2/5/18, by Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune

Examining the complex coexistence of wolves, moose

It makes sense that when wolf numbers swell in remote northeastern Minnesota, the moose herds they prey upon take a hit. But a new study led by esteemed federal wolf researcher L. David Mech found a tight inverse relationship between Minnesota wolves and moose that isn’t all bad news for the latter. When there have been fewer moose calves to feed on within a confined study area, mostly located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, wolves have died off. The relationship helps explain why moose numbers in northeastern Minnesota have been holding their own after crashing when wolf density was surging from 2002 to 2010. Since then, wolf counts in the study area east of Ely and north of Isabella have dropped significantly and moose numbers have stabilized.