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Wolves and Elk numbers strong despite dire predictions


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Wolves and Elk numbers strong despite dire predictions
Author: Auntie P.
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While some Wyoming legislators, hunters, and ranchers claim that wolves are decimating the state’s elk herds, analysis of the facts tells a different story. Prior to the reintroduction of wolves into the Greater Yellowstone area during 1995 and 1996, some pessimists predicted that following wolf recovery, Wyoming’s abundant elk herds and popular elk hunting would be things of the past.

In contrast, many wildlife biologists — who had a better grasp of predator-prey relationships — predicted that after wolves recovered, elk distribution and behavior might fluctuate in some herds, but that elk numbers would be largely unaffected. Now, wolf and elk population monitoring studies indicate that the wildlife biologists’ predictions were more accurate than the darker forecasts of the anti-wolf pessimists.

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Author: Nakoowolf
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Clapping  This made my day.  Thanks to the Wyoming biologists who collected the data for this analysis, yeah.  Let the truth be heard!DancingDancing



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