How wolves die: Illegal killing may have increased in recent years, says UW wildlife ecologist
Tim Van Deelen, a UW-Madison professor of wildlife ecology, specializes in the management of large mammals, including population estimation and dynamics, hunting, interaction of deer life history and chronic wasting disease—and, not least, the growth of Wisconsin’s wolf population and its effects on white-tailed deer. Van Deelen sat down recently to answer some questions about the topic of illegal killing of wolves, which he thinks may have increased in recent years. Much of the data on this subject, he says, comes from work by his former doctoral student Jennifer Stenglein MS’13 PhD’14, now a wildlife researcher with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
QUESTION: Can you give us an idea of how wolves die?
[caption id="attachment_16772" align="alignright" width="300"] UW-Madison wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen demonstrates the installation of a trail camera used to capture images of wolves and other creatures in the wild.[/caption]
VAN DEELEN: As we know from radio collaring data, wolves die for a variety of reasons. Wolves in Wisconsin have relatively high mortality rates, and that probably has to do with the fact that they’re living on a landscape that’s ...
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014