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Wolves to wander into northern Iowa as populations increase

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:02 pm
by Koa
CLEAR LAKE | A possible wolf shooting in northwest Iowa last weekend is an extremely rare event, but an increase in the species populations in other states might mean a wolf could wander into North Iowa, an official says . . . It wouldn't be surprising if some of the approximately 2,500 wolves in Minnesota and another 1,500 – 2,000 in Wisconsin and Michigan showed up in Iowa, said David Mech, a senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and founder of the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.

"Maturing wolves often disperse hundreds of miles from where they were born," the University of Minnesota-based Mech said via e-mail. "There are many recent examples of wolves from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan being killed in Illinois, Indiana, and farther south, east and west."
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