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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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Grey wolves—Isle Royale

Grey wolves—Isle Royale

Long-term population and predation dynamics of wolves on Isle Royale

(p.285) CHAPTER 18 Grey wolves—Isle Royale
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

John A. Vucetich

Rolf O. Peterson

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The wolves (Canis lupus) of Isle Royale, an island in Lake Superior (North America), have been studied with their primary prey, the moose (Alces alces), continuously and intensively since 1959. This environment is unique because on Isle Royale for a number of reasons: humans do not exploit wolves or moose, wolves are the only predator of moose, moose comprise an overwhelming majority of wolf prey, and the annual exchange of wolves and moose with the mainland is negligible. This chapter presents a chronology of research for this wolf-moose system, general characteristics of the wolf population, and reviews some insights learned from studying the ecology of these wolves.

Keywords:   wolves, Canis lupus, Isle Royale, moose

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