March 24, 2023

Wolves Follow Caribou Herd. Lack of Snow Forces Wolves In Town

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The brash behavior is related to the movement of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Moto said. Stakeholders in North America’s largest herd met last week to discuss all things caribou [2] at the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group annual meeting in Anchorage. Among the hot topics was the observation of more predators closer to the villages.

“The movement of the caribou correlates with where the wolves go,” said Moto, who is also a member of the caribou working group.

There have been caribou about 35 miles south of Deering. And because they have moved to a snowless area, they’re able to outrun the wolves causing the canids to head into the village for easier meals.

Other villages have noticed an increase in wolf activity, including Selawik.

And while it’s nothing new to witness the predators near villages, the number of sightings has increased over the last couple years.<<<Read More>>>