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Do Wolves Affect White-Tailed Buck Harvest
In Northeastern Minnesota?

Table 3

Table 3. Results of simple linear regression analysis of data from 1988 to 1995a to test the hypothesis that buck harvest should be inversely related to wolf numbers the previous winter if wolves strongly influence deer harvest. Only packs that prey on deer are included; all relationships are inverse.
Variables r2 P
Dependent Independent
Isabella buck kill Isabella wolves   NS
Isabella buck kill Jackpine pack 0.37 0.11
Isabella buck kill Total population   NS
Ely buck kill Birch L. pack 0.48 0.06
Ely buck kill Little Gabbro pack   NS
Ely buck kill Wood L. pack 0.36 0.11
Ely buck kill Ely wolves 0.66 0.01
Ely buck kill Total population 0.84 0.001
Ely and Isabella buck kill Total population   NS
Adjacent buck kill Total population   NS
a Deer hunting pressure relatively constant during this period (M.S. Lenarz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, personal communication.)

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