Estimating Wolf Counts

By | December 10, 2017

A gray wolf walks through the woods in Glacier National Park up the the North Fork in this file photo (Chris Peterson/Hungry Norse News file)

The Daily Inter Lake reports that Mike Mitchell, unit leader of the University of Montana’s Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, is one of the scientists developing a newer method to track animal populations — not by counting, but by estimating. Called patch occupancy modeling (POM), it’s been tested for a decade by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In October, the agency received a $50,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to hone it further. Questions linger about its suitability, but POM is now poised to replace minimum counts as Montana’s preferred wolf tracking method. Read the full story here.

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Patti Hart is the editor-in-chief and founder of the NFNews.net. Patti lives on the North Fork during the summers and travels the world for the rest of the year, updating NFNews every day wherever there is an internet connection.

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