July 17, 2009

Wolves scare elk into eating less, contributing to population decline.

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Wolves may be partly to blame for the declining elk population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — but it’s not from predation, a new study finds. It’s more likely that fear of wolves has pushed elk to higher-elevation feeding grounds where they eat less food, and as a result have lower birthrates, Brett French of the Billings Gazette reports.

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