Study: Wolves Not Necessarily Equipped to Hunt Elk

Yellowstone National Park Service photo
Yellowstone National Park Service photo

(WY News Service) -- A new study finds that wolves may not be as threatening to elk as some may think. The study, conducted in Yellowstone National Park, finds that the animals are not necessarily built to hunt the large animals.

Wildlife ecologist and author of the study, Dan MacNulty, adds that even large packs of wolves are not more threatening ashunters.

MacNulty says that wolves do gather in packs, but not for hunting.

The idea that wolves prey on elk is not true, says MacNulty, though he has encountered that opinion widely.

The study found that wolves might be more successful if they were built more like cats or bears.

October 17th - 21st is Wolf Awareness Week.

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