White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawn risk from Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) predation during summer

L. David Mech, Aaron Morris, Shannon Barber-Meyer


Little is known about how often various prey animals are at risk of predation by Gray Wolves (Canis lupus). We used a system to monitor the presence during the day of two radio-collared Gray Wolves within 2 km of a radio-collared White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with a fawn or fawns in August 2013 in the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota. We concluded that the fawn or fawns were at risk of predation by at least one wolf at least daily.


Gray Wolf; Canis lupus; White-tailed Deer; Odocoileus virginianus; fawn; predation; hunting behaviour; radiotracking; Superior National Forest; Minnesota

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v129i4.1758

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