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Wolf population persistence in real life

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Edited by:
O. Liberg

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Abstract

Wolf (Canis lupus) populations tend to be resilient and to persist for long periods, and several characteristics contribute to their resilience and persistence: (1) age of first reproduction (2-3 years), (2) high annual litter size (mean = 6), (3) low dispersal age (1-3 years), and (4) long potential dispersal distance (< 880 km). The only documented factor leading to extinction of well established wolf populations with sufficient food is deliberate poisoning, although conceivably disease could have such an effect.

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Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Abstract or summary
Title:
Wolf population persistence in real life
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sweden Environmental Protection Agency
Publisher location:
Sweden
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
49 pp.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Report
Larger Work Title:
Genetic aspects of viability in small wolf populations with special emphasis on the Scandinavian wolf population