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Wolf researchers in Voyageurs National Park believe unlikely food source may be behind moose success


August 3, 2020

Voyageurs Wolf Project

Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves.

Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.

The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?

A team of wolf researchers, which has been painstakingly documenting every summertime kill and meal for wolves in the park, believes the answer may be because Voyageurs moose have a robust ally - or, perhaps, a sacrificial pawn - that others don't: American beavers.


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