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Infrared Imaging Helps Save Yellowstone’s Wolves

The wolf population in Yellowstone National Park is facing a vicious new predator: sarcoptic mange.It’s a form of scabies that causes canines to lose their hair, which translates into lost calories as the body tries to keep itself warm with holes in its shaggy coat. “If the wolves can’t replace the calories they lose, they die,” says Paul Cross, a disease ecologist at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center.

Scientists don’t know how to halt mange, and they don’t even know the full impact of the disease on the wolf population. But they’ve discovered a powerful tool for finding out: infrared cameras…

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