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Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution


September 4, 2018

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NSF-funded researchers have discovered that wolves in Yellowstone National Park preferentially hunted bulls who already had shed their antlers over those who still had them during late winter. The finding suggests that antlers are used for more than just competing for cows -- that they help deter predators, too -- which could help explain why bulls shed their antlers long after the rut. Full Story

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University of Montana

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