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Yellowstone Wolf Project research may help ranchers protect livestock

[large thumbnail url=”yellowstone-wolf-project-research-may-help-ranchers-protect-livestock” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”yellowstone-wolf-project-research-may-help-ranchers-protect-livestock” filename=”science” year=”2011″ month=”10″ day=”03″] LOGAN — New behavioral research exploring the predation patterns of wolves may help ranchers in efforts to protect their livestock.

The findings by a Utah State University wildlife ecologist also dispel the popular cultural belief that wolves are “invincible” predators with kill skills that elevate with the larger the pack.

“Surprisingly few studies have tested whether hunting success actually increases with group size,” says Dan MacNulty, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources.

MacNulty and colleagues Douglas Smith of the Yellowstone Center for Resources, David Mech of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, John Vucetich of Michigan Technological University and Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota explored this idea using statistical techniques and by observing wolves hunting elk in Yellowstone National Park. Their findings appear in the September-October 2011 issue of Behavioral Ecology

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