Researchers: Hunting affects wolves more strongly than first expected

Using data from 21 North American wolf populations, two Montana State University researchers have found that the recently proposed levels of hunting for Montana and Idaho wolves are likely to have larger effects on wolf numbers than has been suggested.

Recent wolf-hunting quotas may be based on a flawed assumption that has persisted in the scientific literature for many years about how wolf populations are affected by hunting, according to a paper published by MSU ecology professors Scott Creel and Jay Rotella on Sept. 29 in PLoS One, the Public Library of Science.

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(Story from the Belgrade News, Belgrade, Montana.)

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