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Wolf survival analysis showing successes and struggles

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-survival-analysis-showing-successes-and-struggles” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”21″] Brett French, writing for the Billings Gazette reports a survival analysis report for Idaho, Wyoming and Montana shows that while mortality rates are at 25 percent with most of that being caused by humans, wolves are overall doing well.

Despite mortality rates averaging 25 percent – more than three-quarters of them human-caused – gray wolves are thriving in most of the northern Rocky Mountains, according to a recently published tri-state survival analysis.

However, they’re doing poorly in Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness of western Montana.

With data from 711 radio-collared wolves, it is the largest study ever conducted on wolf survival.

“The purpose of this paper was to report on the condition of the wolves before delisting,” said Doug Smith, wolf biologist for Yellowstone National Park and lead author of the study. The work involved 14 top wolf authorities examining data up to 2004. The paper was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management…

The read the entire article as it appears on the missoulian.com Web site: Wolf survival analysis shows successes, but struggles in Glacier, Bob Marshall

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