Killing and Caching of an Adult White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, by a Single Gray Wolf, Canis lupus

Michael E. Nelson


A single Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) killed an adult male White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and cached the intact carcass in 76 cm of snow. The carcass was revisited and entirely consumed between four and seven days later. This is the first recorded observation of a Gray Wolf caching an entire adult deer.


Gray Wolf; Canis lupus; White-tailed Deer; Odocoileus virginianus; caching; surplus killing

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