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Relationship between Road Densities and Wolf Habitat Suitability in Wisconsin

Richard P. Thiel
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 113, No. 2 (Apr., 1985), pp. 404-407
DOI: 10.2307/2425590
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2425590
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

The relationship between rural road systems and wolf vulnerability in Wisconsin was evaluated by comparing data on the demise of Wisconsin's original wolf population to an increase in road densities in wolf habitat from 1926-1960. Wolves failed to survive when road densities exceeded 0.93 mile/miles2. Recent telemetry data along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border support the historical observation. Road densities are an important predictor of the capability of an area to sustain a breeding population of wolves. Wolf habitat management plans should incorporate road density limits which should not exceed 0.93 mile/miles 2.

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