Do reintroduced predators impact deer herds positively or negatively?

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    Reintroducing predators like wolves can indeed have an impact on deer herds. Wolves are natural predators of deer and their presence can help regulate deer populations, preventing overgrazing and promoting healthier ecosystems. However, the impact can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the predator population, the availability of other prey, and the landscape.

    Positive experiences with reintroducing predators often include improved ecosystem balance, healthier deer populations, and increased biodiversity. On the other hand, negative experiences may involve concerns about predation on livestock or conflicts with human activities such as hunting.

    It's important to note that the impact of predators on deer herds is not solely about competition for resources. Predators play a crucial role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem, and their presence can have cascading effects on other species and the overall health of the environment.

    If you're interested in learning more about the specific impact of wolf reintroduction in Wisconsin, I recommend checking out scientific studies or contacting local wildlife management agencies for more information. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Jim's avatar

    Not sure how wide the effect is but my son and I hunted in the UP Michigan when he was young. We hunted 1200 acre's private that butted up to public near Escanaba. The first year we saw an average of 33 deer in the morning and evening for 3 years before they introduced wolves in the area. Within 3 years we only saw 2 deer in the morning and only one the last evening. We did how ever see about 3 to 4 wolves during our last trip to the UP. I think that may have been because a pack of wolves had made that area their home. Not sure how it really effected the rest of the UP but that was the last year we hunted in the UP.

  • Wes's avatar

    Wolves make a definite impact. Anyplace that reintroduces wolves back into an area , without planning on a wolf hunting and trapping season in the near future , is asking for a big decrease in deer population. Wolves hunt 365 a year. Not just deer season.

  • Casey's avatar

    By design.

  • Kelly's avatar

    Interesting!! With the first responder,was there any effectswith previous predators as an issues with the herd? Was the wolf a factor in not repeating other hunts in that area?Last ,if you had a voice factoring the reintroduction of the pack what would be your opinion?

  • Kelly's avatar

    @Wes do you think any dnr agency puts competing for a resource as a factor in the reintroduction of a predator ? If so, do they care more about accommodating to the mass and not the people who use the resources to feed their families? And what benefits apply to reintroduction of predator species?

  • Wes's avatar

    @Kelly Alaska does or did. Not by reintroduction but by regulating predator numbers in certain areas. In hopes of protecting isolated caribou herds and moose populations.

  • Jim's avatar

    @Kelly I'm not sure; the deer numbers were fairly steady and some winter kill that the coyotes benefitted from. We always heard coyotes howling there and I know coyotes take several fawn's every year but wolves can surround deer in deep snow and take a lot of adult deer out with no problems. I wouldn't have a problem with them being introduced if they have been there originally but I think the only people who should vote on something like that is the local people who actually own land and livestock in those areas and the wildlife biologist who have given their life commitment to the wildlife field. If it's going to effect the rural people and has no impact on the city people I personally don't think the politicians and city people should be able to vote on something that they aren't going to have to live with. Their also needs to be good management. That's just my 2 cints, for whatever that's worth. 😂

  • Jim's avatar

    @Kelly sorry I missed one of the questions. My son and I on the last day saw one really nice buck but without seeing hardly any deer and hearing all the wolves every night we decided just to let the buck go to give him a chance of making it through. We used to love hunting in the UP but we decided that would be our last year going because we didn't want to add to the problem in that area. We still go up to the UP it's so beautiful but we hunt the lower now.

  • Kelly's avatar

    Hunters in northern Wisconsin are starting to feel the effects of an apex predator. I do believe your correct on the voting goes to the wrong people that don’t live with them. I’m passionate with everything whitetail and wish everyone a positive experience, but this seems not like the case. There resources are depleted and the experience has gone from positive to negative including revenue that’s generated from hunters. Eventually, either hunters will quiet all together or migrate further south and overwhelm the resources here creating a domino effect.

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