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Problems with studying wolf predation on small prey in summer via global positioning system collars

European Journal of Wildlife Research

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DOI: 10.1007/s10344-010-0408-7

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Abstract

We attempted to study predation on various-sized prey by a male and female wolf (Canis lupus) with global positioning system (GPS) collars programmed to acquire locations every 10 min in the Superior National Forest of Minnesota. During May to August 2007, we investigated 147 clusters of locations (31% of the total) and found evidence of predation on a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn and yearling, a beaver (Castor canadensis), ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), and fisher (Martes pennanti) and scavenging on a road-killed deer and other carrion. However, we missed finding many prey items and discuss the problems associated with trying to conduct such a study.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Problems with studying wolf predation on small prey in summer via global positioning system collars
Series title:
European Journal of Wildlife Research
DOI:
10.1007/s10344-010-0408-7
Volume
57
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer
Publisher location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
European Journal of Wildlife Research
First page:
149
Last page:
156
Number of Pages:
8
Time Range Start:
2007-05-01
Time Range End:
2007-08-31
Country:
United States
State:
Minnesota
Other Geospatial:
Superior National Forest