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The Better to Eat You WithFear in the Animal World$
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Joel Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001

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Subarctic Shadows

Subarctic Shadows

(p.84) Chapter 5 Subarctic Shadows
The Better to Eat You With

Joel Berger

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the author's efforts to study bison interactions with wolves. Wood Buffalo National Park is the one spot on the globe where bison should respond to wolves. Sequestered in the vastness of subarctic Canada, this Denmark-sized reserve is the planet's only region where bison remain the mainstay of wolves. The author observes a collective lack of response by bison to predator cues. Wolf-savvy bison from the Canadian north did not even lift their heads to wolf playbacks. Perhaps bison just never respond to wolves. Hearing a distant wolf howl may indicate little about their readiness to hunt. Or, it may be that bison have learned that howling wolves are not hungry wolves.

Keywords:   bison, wolves, Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada, predators, howling

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