The Way Deer Escape Wolves Could Change How Hunters Hunt
Mar 3rd, 2019 by Keith Worrall 357
Modified Mar 3rd, 2019 at 9:47 PM
As wolves return to the Northwest, deer have taken notice. Researchers found deer in Washington change how they react when wolves are near – and that could eventually change how hunters hunt.
Studies have found prey all react differently when a predators returns to the landscape. Deer are an important food source for the region’s growing wolf population. Wolves chase deer for miles when they need to eat.
That got researchers at the University of Washington wondering what the recolonization of wolves means for two species of deer in the state: white-tailed and mule deer.