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The Way Deer Escape Wolves Could Change How Hunters Hunt

Category: WhitetailFIRST

 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.

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Mule deer taken from a trail camera near Republic, Washington. As wolves return to Washington state, deer have taken notice. Researchers found deer change how they react when wolves are near – and that could eventually change how hunters hunt.
Courtesy of University of Washington

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