Wolf skulls needed for research project

The Ministry of Natural Resources (Dryden District) is participating in a research project on wolf genetics.
The research will help biologists determine if the provincial wolf population, which numbers between 8,000 and 10,000, is composed of Eastern Wolves, Gray Wolves, or a hybrid of the two.
Researchers with the ministry, Trent University in Peterborough, and Laurentian University in Sudbury also will study how changes in landscape and prey dynamics affect wolf distribution.
“The ministry needs wolf skulls to conduct this study, and is asking hunters and trappers to drop off wolf skulls with the flesh attached to the Dryden District office,” said Lisa Harvey, project biologist with MNR’s Dryden District.
“The skulls are usable even if they have gun shot wounds,” she noted. “We would also need to know the sex of the wolf and the location it was found or harvested.”
Information gathered in this study will help the MNR in the management of Ontario’s fish and wildlife resources, and its commitment to the conservation of biodiversity.
For more information, contact MNR Dryden District area biologists Ray Schott (1-807-223-3341), Lisa Eddy (1-807-223-7514), or Harvey (1-807-223-7527).

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