An analysis of the effects of wolf predation on the populations of large ungulates

298 v predator-prey workshop: social and ecological benefits of restored wolf populations roamed the continent (leonard et al 2005) by the end of the 1940s, viable wolf populations had been largely purged from the continental united states (coleman. Predators must find and kill sufficient prey, while ungulates employ strategies to minimize their risks of becoming a meal for both predators and prey to persist, the capabilities of predators must be roughly counteracted by the vigor and predation-avoidance behaviors of the ungulates. Characterizing the nutritional condition of wolf-killed prey provides insight into the difficulty wolves may have on capturing and killing adult prey, as well as the impact wolf predation may have on prey populations. In an attempt to assess the role of brown bear predation in the total natural mortality of ungulates, we sought studies that were focused on ungulate populations and their mortality factors the majority of data originated from long-term inventories of ungulate carcasses in protected areas of eurasia. To determine the effect of brown bears on wolf kill interval during summer, we evaluated whether brown bear presence (i) within wolf territories in sca and (ii) at wolf-killed ungulates in ynp was an important predictor of kill interval.

The question of whether wolf predation is additive (the number of animals killed are in addition to those which would die otherwise) or compensatory (animals wolves kill would die anyway) is a complicated one, as wolf predation effects vary with the prey species, time of year, area, and system. Wolf populations in wisconsin have grown from 25 in late winter 1980 to 465 in late winter 2006 with their range expanding both towards the east and south across the state. Wolves prey primarily on large ungulates, hoofed mammals such as deer, elk and moose by preying on the most vulnerable (diseased, young, old, weak or injured) individuals, wolves help keep prey populations healthier and more vigorous (carbyn 1983. Wolf (canis lupus) kill rates, factors affecting their variation, and predation impact on ungulates were studied in the polish part of białowieża primeval forest (580 km2.

As a major predator of large ungulates, grey wolves may suppress prey levels or alter prey behaviour to the extent that they affect vegetation patterns and productivity on isle royale in lake superior, wolf predation on moose alces alces (l) has been shown to increase balsam fir abies balsamea (l) productivity ( mclaren & peterson 1994 . For many african ungulates, predation is the most common cause of death (sinclair et al 2003), but little attention has been paid to the possible role of stochastic predation by individual specialist predators on the dynamics of small populations of ungulates. Increasingly mild winters, these predators may buffer the effects ofclimate change and, thus, allow scavengers more time to adapt to (or seek alternatives for) otherwise negative impacts from altered climate (wilmers and getz 2005.

G(w,x t) is the predation term where w is the size of the wolf pack, assumed exogenous throughout the analysis, with g(0,x t) and ∂g/∂w = g w 0 the size of the moose stock generally influences predation as well, g ( w ,0) = 0 and g x ≥ 0, while the marginal effect may be reduced when the moose density becomes higher (see above), g xx. This paper discusses four hypotheses to explain the effects of wolf predation on prey populations of large ungulates four proposed hypotheses examined are the predation limiting hypothesis, the. The long-term effect of moose mortality from deep snow was to increase the impact of predation by lowering moose/wolf ratios hunting and wolf predation were the principal causes of moose. Yet wolf effects go far beyond predator-prey-plant interactions for example, wolf predation on ungulates influences the abundance and behavior of scavengers by providing them a source of carrion ( smith and bangs 2009 . Population dynamics ii predation (1992) suggested that improper experimental design has contributed to ongoing controversy about the effect of wolf predation on caribou population size skogland, t 1991 what are the effects of predators on large ungulate populations oikos 61:401-441.

About high wolf populations in the area and the impacts of greater levels of predation on ungulates and domestic livestock to address these concerns, this project has obtained. Wolf impacts on ungulates is a concern for hunters and rural communities 2 3 •predation effects 8 cougar predation if a decline in ungulate population is detected 9 ungulate harvest and population trend data in areas of washington with wolves 2015 author. Wolf predation rates were inversely density dependent effects of all predators (eg, gasaway et al 1992, kunkel and pletscher 1999) the role of predation in shaping the numbers of eu-ropean ungulates was assessed indirectly, by analysis calculated the magnitude of wolf predation on three species of ungulates, and having combined the.

An analysis of the effects of wolf predation on the populations of large ungulates

Microhistological analysis of feces is the most applied noninvasive method for assessing diets of wild ungulates however, the method is complicated by differential digestibility of forage species. Deer-predator relationships: a review bianus) populations over large portions of western north america (western association of fish and wildlife agencies, mule deer committee, 1998 because these do not allow assessment of effects of predation on prey populations. Effects of fertility control on populations of ungulates: general, stage-structured models n thompson hobbs,1 colorado division of wildlife and natural resource ecology laboratory, colorado state university.

A sensitivity analysis indicated that the dynamics of the wolf and deer populations were sensitive to mortality of wolf pups, and mech (1970) reported a large variation in survival of wolf pups. Abstract although numerous authors are investigating indirect effects of wolf recovery, the most fundamental ecological impact of the greater yellowstone area wolf reintroduction, the effects of wolf predation on ungulate populations, remains unclear. This paper discusses four hypotheses to explain the effects of wolf predation on prey populations of large ungulates the four proposed hypotheses examined are the predation limiting hypothesis, the predation regulating hypothesis, the predator pit hypothesis, and the stable limit cycle hypothesis.

Large mammals of africa: sinclair and arcese (1995) suggested large predators (ie, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and spotted hyenas) seemed to have little effect on their large mammal prey abundance. Room for wolf comeback in the netherlands identified as all large ungulates occurring in the netherlands: roe deer, red deer, fallow deer and wild boar (oncfs, 2012) the wolves in the alps are from the italian, balkan or the carpathian wolf populations (nabu, 2012. The potential effects and influences of wolf predation on ungulate populations in second growth forests is high it presents a major confounding factor in interpreting deer and problems of wolf predation on ungulates in second growth forests and compere wolf predation effects on the island to. According to this scenario, ungulate populations are food limited, and wolf predation, by removing some animals from the population, increases the food supply for the remaining ungulates since those animals are then better fed, they die less frequently and increase their birthrate, offsetting the effects of wolf predation.

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An analysis of the effects of wolf predation on the populations of large ungulates
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