(03-15-2018, 08:48 PM)US nli Wrote: Did anyone there bother to study whether or not these wolves have enough prey in the bush. Is there overhunting or something else (die-off from disease?) Why are the forced to travel into human populated areas?
Like I said about the autopsied wolf, its belly was full. He was a pretty big boy although pretty lean. I know I said skinny in that post, but lean is probably a better word. "He didn't have a thick layer of fat" is how it was put in the paper.
I'm certain there's no "overhunting". There are a lot of hunters here, sure, but it's a responsible and respected crowd and very organized. No signs of disease or anything out of the ordinary except the behavior of the wolves.
This is the time of year when wolves look for new territories. Game animals, especially moose, move towards towards the coast to have offspring in the spring and it's quite possible they're following those. It's just a very bad idea as the coastline is populated and is mainly farm country. Lots of rumors going around and it seems people commonly believe they have been released here on purpose.
The tracks found at the end of our road in my previous post were actually found by my brother I only heard today. I called him and he sent me some pics. He's a hunter too and he doesn't go out with his dogs without the shotgun.
I'll post pics in a bit, they're on my phone and I'm not.