The Odd Couple….Wolves And Pronghorn Antelope

Here’s another repost honoring National Wolf Awareness Week.

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The Odd Couple….Wolves And Pronghorn Antelope

January 22, 2010

Wolves are Yellowstone’s Pronghorn antelopes best buddy because they control coyote populations, who prey heavily on Pronghorn fawns. The irony is wolves rarely prey on the fawns themselves. There is a symbiosis between wolves and the antelope. When wolves are around the survival rate of  Pronghorn fawns goes up.

Sometimes nature creates strange bedfellows. HOWL for biodiversity!!

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Are Wolves The Pronghorn’s Best Friend?

ScienceDaily (Mar. 4, 2008) — As western states debate removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society cautions that doing so may result in an unintended decline in another species: the pronghorn, a uniquely North American animal that resembles an African antelope.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080303145300.htm

Posted in: biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Pronghorn Antelope, wolves, biodiversity

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