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Relating wolf scat content to prey consumed

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

In 9 trials, captive wolves (Canis lupus) were fed prey varying in size from snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) to adult deer (Odocoileus virginianus), and the resulting scats were counted. Field-collectible scats were distinguished from liquid, noncollectible stools. I n collectible scats, the remains of small prey occurred in greater proportion relative to the prey's weight, and in lesser proportion relative to the prey's numbers, than did the remains of larger prey. A regression equation with an excellent, fit to the data (r2 = 0.97) was derived to estimate the weight of prey eaten per collectible scat for any prey. With this information and average prey weights, the relative numbers of different prey eaten also can be calculated.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Relating wolf scat content to prey consumed
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
42
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1978
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
528-532
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
528
Last page:
532
Number of Pages:
5