Title: Role of the wolf in a deer decline in the Superior National Forest.
Author: Mech, L. David; Karns, Patrick D.
Source: Research Paper NC-148. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Description: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) declined in the Superior National Forest of Minnesota between 1968 and 1974. In a 3,000 km2 area of the poorest habitat, deer were decimated. Contributing factors were severe winters, deteriorating habitat, and wolves. Wolves killed older deer, but insufficient fawns were available to replace them.
Keywords: Canis lupus, wolf, Odocoileus virginianus, white-tailed deer, predation, prey, Minnesota, winter severity
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Mech, L. David; Karns, Patrick D. 1977. Role of the wolf in a deer decline in the Superior National Forest. Research Paper NC-148. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
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