Death from anthropogenic causes is partially compensatory in recovering wolf populations

Authors: Dennis L. Murray, Douglas W. Smith, Edward E. Bangs, Curtis Mack, John K. Oakleaf, Joe Fontaine, Diane Boyd, Michael Jiminez, Carter Niemeyer, Thomas J. Meier, Daniel Stahler, James Holyan, Valpha J. Asher

From the Biological Conservative

There is substantial interest in how mortality rates affect animal populations, but mechanisms explaining when and under what circumstances particular causes of death incur demographic responses are far from clear. In theory, small or expanding populations should experience additive mortality from anthropogenic causes of death, but whether such effects are homogenous across a population or expressed only in certain high-risk individuals is open for debate.

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