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Differential Use of a Wolf, Canis lupus, Pack Territory Edge and Core

L. David Mech and Elizabeth K. Harper


Abstract:  Based on 418 radio-locations of a Minnesota Wolf pack, Wolves were found at significantly fewer locations per area in the outer 2 km of the territory than in the core. This finding supports an hypothesis that buffer zones exist between pack territories and may explain why prey survive longer there.

Key words:  Wolf, Canis lupus, buffer zone, territory, White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, predator, prey


This resource is based on the following resource (Northern Prairie Publication 1213):

Mech, L. David, and Elizabeth K. Harper.  2002.  Differential use of a Wolf, Canis lupus, pack territory edge and core.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 116(2):315-316.

This resource should be cited as:

Mech, L. David, and Elizabeth K. Harper.  2002.  Differential use of a Wolf, Canis lupus, pack territory edge and core.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 116(2):315-316.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/mammals/edgecore/index.htm  (Version 12AUG2004).


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Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the Biological Resources Division of U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Central Research Station.


L. David Mech, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 8711 37th St., SE, Jamestown, ND 58401-7317, U.S.A. Mailing address: The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota, 1920 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, U.S.A.

Elizabeth K. Harper, International Wolf Center, 3300 Bass L. Road, #202, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55429 U.S.A.

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