Stubborn hunter in a harsh land

Mech, L.D.
August 1989
National Wildlife (World Edition);Aug/Sep89, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p20
The article presents information on the status of caribou wolves in the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The caribou project, started two years earlier, is aimed at tracing and recording the myriad factors that affect the creatures' productivity and survival. Denali's caribou form the only protected herd in Alaska sharing a range with unhunted populations of wolves and bears, their chief predators. Because every other caribou herd in Alaska and Canada. Despite brutal winter conditions, a wolf at Denali park remains ever on the lookout for a potential meal. Some packs scan areas as large as 800 square miles in a few weeks' time in search of food. Caribou, the wolves' chief prey in Denali, find safety in the herd and rely on their superior speed to thwart pursuers.


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