Wolf re-introduction fails to stop elk eating aspen

September 03, 2010

Mark Kiniver, Science and Environment Reporter, BBC News

“Writing in the journal Ecology, a team of scientists found that wolves in Yellowstone Park were not deterring elk from eating young trees.

It had been assumed that the presence of wolves would create a “landscape of fear” and no-go areas for elk.

The team says more work must be done if the park’s aspens are to be protected.

Writing in the Ecological Society of America’s journal, the researchers added that conventional wisdom suggested that as the wolves were predators of the elk, the elk would eventually learn to avoid the high-risk areas in which wolves were found.”

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