Study finds that Eastern Wolves face higher human-caused mortality outside of protected areas.

March 15, 2024
Barbara Steinhoff

A study, recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, found that large carnivores, particularly Eastern Wolves, face higher human-caused mortality outside of protected areas compared to within them.

The research used telemetry data from canids in a hybrid zone in Ontario, Canada to evaluate mortality risk. It was observed that within Algonquin Provincial Park, human-caused mortality was low, while it was higher in adjacent areas. The study also highlighted the challenges in protecting eastern wolves from human-caused mortality, as it would require a ban on harvesting all canids, including coyotes. The findings suggest that expanding the eastern wolf population outside of the protected area is unlikely under current management conditions.

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