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Wolves Could Help Curb Booming Herds of Deer, Elk in National Parks


Animals  (tags: wolves, deer, elk, overpopulation, wildanimals )

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- 3423 days ago - oregonlive.com
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Researchers say small packs of gray wolves introduced to national parks and other sites across the country could curb oversized elk and deer herds that are eating up parklands



   

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Electra Cy (1005)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 8:00 pm

hmm... And how long have we been trying to tell them this???

Thanks Terri!
HUGZ ~ Electra :)
 

Johan Maltesson (166)
Monday February 8, 2010, 3:53 am
Yeah... it's kinda obvious, defenitely - but still, it's good that these so called "researchers" have finally figured that out too, lol... :)
 

Shalini singh (0)
Monday February 8, 2010, 4:59 am
Thanks for the post!
 

Mark G (36)
Monday February 8, 2010, 11:47 am
Overall this probably makes sense except that many of the National Parks with severe deer over-population problems are in urban areas. For example Rock Creek Park in Washington DC and Valley Forge Park near Philadelphia are just a few of the "urban" NP's with urgent deer problems. I don't think parks like these would be suitable to wolf reintroduction. Some of the large western parks already have wolves inside their borders. Great Smoky National Park, one of the largest wilderness parks in the east, would seem to fit the bill except they already tried to reintroduce the red wolf there with no success. In addition there is an elk reintroduction project currently underway in the Smokies which would not mix well with wolves. While it sounds good to say wolves only kill old and unhealthy deer, the truth is wolves primarily feed on very young deer and fawns. This is especially true when it comes to elk.
 
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