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Study: Wolves in Big Packs More Likely to Survive Mange

posted Sep 5, 2015, 2:39 PM by chloe owens

6/28/15, by Brett French, Missoulian

Study: Wolves in big packs more likely to survive mange

Billings – It’s not as healthy to be a lone wolf, especially if you have mange.  That’s the conclusion of a recently published study of Yellowstone National Park wolves that examined survival of animals suffering from an infestation of itch-causing mites.  “There are lots of other examples – humans being one of them – that animals benefit from cooperative care,”…The tiny mites that cause mange were spread to the Northern Rockies by state wildlife veterinarians in 1909 as a way to eradicate coyotes and wolves.