Are the wolves eating all the deer herd?
Post date: Jan 5, 2012 8:50:13 PM
Although coyote, wolf and bear populations are healthy, are they impacting the deer herd? I have two very interesting documents on predation from research in Minnesota and Michigan that you may find of interest.
The 2010 report from the UP is pretty lengthy but at least look at pages 29, 22 and 23. These pages have tables that list what was found in predator scat and what killed newborn fawns and adult does. To summarize, out of 44, coyotes killed 13 and bobcat killed 9 newborn fawns. Out of 16 adults, coyotes killed 6 and wolves killed 3. I couldn't figure out how to put the wolf document attached below in as one document so it is posted separate in 3 pages. In addition, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/science/wildlife/deer to find out more about and get involved with a 3-5 year predator/prey deer research project in Wisconsin that began last winter.