John Vucetich, a wildlife ecologist from Michigan Technological University, leads the wolf-moose Winter Study at Isle Royale National Park.
Thursday, March 1
With strong evidence that the wolves of the West-End Duo are a mated pair, our attention is focused on the Chippewa Harbor Pack. Analysis of DNA in wolf fecal samples from moose kill sites indicate the pack had no more than two adult females in January 2011. We observed pups in the pack this past October. So, a reproductive female survived at least until those pups were weaned. Now, we are looking for reasons to think the pack includes at least one adult female that has survived this winter.
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