Of wolves, deer, maples and wildflowers by Eric Freedman first published on June 16, 2016Source
Grey wolves are good for wildflowers like the nodding trillium and the Canada mayflower in the Great Lakes region.
They’re also good for young red maples and sugar maples.
That’s because white-tailed deer are bad for both wildflowers and maple saplings.
And wolves are bad for deer.
With the resurgence of wolves in the region, smart deer are learning to keep away from areas with many of the predators, meaning that wildflowers and young maples there have a better chance of survival, according to a recent study by scientists from the University of Notre Dame and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
The work took place at Notre Dame’s Environmental Research Center that straddles the border between Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin. The site has forest, bogs and swamps, with red…
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