Arguing wolf impacts on elk
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
March 8, 2011
Seems that both sides of the wolf-impact-on-elk issue have a study to back up their argument. Wolves have caused severe declines in some western elk populations, while having little impact on others. An article in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, entitled "Generalizing wolf effects across the Greater Yellowstone Area: a cautionary note" is a good read, and provides a few examples of the varied effect wolves can have on local elk herds.
The paper noted, "These results suggest that the effects of wolf predation on elk populations differ substantially over relatively small spatial scales, depending on a complex suite of interacting factors."
Check out the abstract from the article by clicking on the link below.