Wolves: Hunting Affects Stress, Reproduction, and Sociality

November 13, 2014
Article source: 
Psychology Today

Psychology Today published an article sumarizing a very important study published in the journal Functional Ecology:

A study just published in the journal Functional Ecology called “Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive steroids than wolves with lower hunting pressure” by Heather Bryan, of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and a Raincoast Conservation Foundation scientist, and her colleagues shows that heavily hunted individuals show changes in reproductive behavior and that there is social disruption of their packs. The effects of hunting can have long-term consequences. A summary of this most important study can be accessed from the link above.

This is the best available summary that we found. We also read the original Heather Brian study, which is now available for a fee here. We find Dave Mech's disparaging comment is contradicting the data in the article.