Doug Smith of the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone Discuses the Question of Surplus Killing: Do wolves kill for sport, or kill more than they can eat?

 Q & A: Wolves, Doug Smith  Wolves do not kill for sport. But will they kill more than they can immediately eat? The answer is yes if the conditions are right and they will come back to eat off the kills. (Paraphrased from Doug Smith’s answer) 

Doug Smith is the project leader for the Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone and has been with the program since its inception. Doug has studied wolves for over 20 years. Prior to Yellowstone, he worked with wolves in Michigan (Isle Royale National Park) and Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho, a Master of Science in Biology from Michigan Technological University, and a PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology.

Watch the following video for full interview 

Click on the following sentence highlighted in blue to watch just the segment on surplus killing. Scroll down to: Do wolves kill for sport, or kill more than they can eat?

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