Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) is one of 18 science and technology centers in the Biological Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey, administratively positioned in the Central Region, and geographically located in the northern Great Plains. The main campus is located in Jamestown, North Dakota. In addition, field stations are found at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota, and an unmanned station at Woodworth, North Dakota.

USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street Southeast
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401
Phone: (701) 253-5500 Fax: (701) 253-5553
Email: npwrc@usgs.gov

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2018

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An Historical Overview and Update of Wolf-Moose Interactions in Northeastern Minnesota, L. David Mech, John Fieberg, and Shannon M. Barber-Meyer

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The usefulness of GPS telemetry to study wolf circadian and social activity, Samuel B. Merrill and L. David Mech

2017

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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Death by Stick Impalement, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, Lori J. Schmidt, and L. David Mech

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A SEROSURVEY OF DISEASES OF FREE-RANGING GRAY WOLVES (CANIS LUPUS) IN MINNESOTA, USA, Michelle Carstensen, John H. Giudice, Erik C. Hildebrand, J. P. Dubey, John Erb, Dan Stark, John Hart, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, L. David Mech, Steve K. Windels, and Andrew J. Edwards

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Sexually dimorphic aggression indicates male gray wolves specialize in pack defense against conspecific groups, Kira A. Cassidy, L. David Mech, Daniel R. MacNulty, Daniel R. Stahler, and Douglas W. Smith

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Extinguishing a Learned Response in a Free-ranging Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), L. David Mech

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Use of Erroneous Wolf Generation Time in Assessments of Domestic Dog and Human Evolution, L. David Mech

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Where can wolves live and how can we live with them?, L. David Mech

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An Unparalleled Opportunity for an Important Ecological Study, L. David Mech, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, Juan Carlos Blanco, Luigi Boitani, Ludwig Carbyn, Glenn Delgiudice, Steven H. Fritts, Djuro Huber, Olof Liberg, Brent Patterson, and Richard R. Thiel

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Sparrow Nest Survival in Relation to Prescribed Fire and Woody Plant Invasion in a Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie, Robert K. Murphy, Terry L. Shaffer, Todd A. Grant, James L. Derrig, Cory S. Rubin, and Courtney K. Kerns

2016

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White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Subsidize Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) During a Moose (Alces americanus) Decline: A Case of Apparent Competition?, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer and L. David Mech

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Differential wolf-pack-size persistence and the role of risk when hunting dangerous prey, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, L. David Mech, Wesley E. Newton, and Bridget L. Borg

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Territoriality and Inter-Pack Aggression in Gray Wolves: Shaping a Social Carnivore's Life History Rudyard Kipling's Law of the Jungle Meets Yellowstone's Law of the Mountains, Kira A. Cassidy, Douglas W. Smith, L. David Mech, Daniel R. MacNulty, Daniel R. Stahler, and Matthew C. Metz

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Factors affecting post-control reinvasion by seed of an invasive species, Phragmites australis, in the central Platte River, Nebraska, Susan M. Galatowitsch, Diane L. Larson, and Jennifer L. Larson

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Land use effects on pesticides in sediments of prairie pothole wetlands in North and South Dakota, Scott T. McMurry, Jason B. Belden, Loren M. Smith, Shane A. Morrison, Dale W. Daniel, Betty R. Euliss, Ned H. Euliss Jr., Bart J. Kensinger, and Brian A. Tangen

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Costs of European Wolf and Human Coexistence, L. David Mech

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Patuxent’s Long-Term Research on Wolves, L. David Mech

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Wolf (Canis lupus) Generation Time and Proportion of Current Breeding Females by Age, L. David Mech, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, and John Erb

2015

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Trophic cascades from wolves to grizzly bears or changing abundance of bears and alternate foods?, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer

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Evaluation of a Formula that Categorizes Female Gray Wolf Breeding Status by Nipple Size, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer and L. David Mech

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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Dyad Monthly Association Rates by Demographic Group, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer and L. David Mech

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Group composition effects on aggressive interpack interactions of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park, Kira A. Cassidy, Daniel R. MacNulty, Daniel R. Stahler, Douglas W. Smith, and L. David Mech

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MMI: Multimodel Inference or Models With Management Implications?, John Fieberg and Douglas H. Johnson

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Estimation of potential evapotranspiration from extraterrestrial radiation, air temperature and humidity to assess future climate change effects on the vegetation of the Northern Great Plains, USA, David A. King, Dominique M. Bachelet, Amy J. Symstad, Ken Ferschweiler, and Michael Hobbins

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Yellowstone wolf (Canis lupus) density predicted by elk (Cervus elaphus) biomass, L. David Mech and Shannon M. Barber-Meyer

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Growth Rates and Variances of Unexploited Wolf Populations in Dynamic Equilibria, L. David Mech and John Fieberg

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White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Fawn Risk from Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Predation During Summer, L. David Mech, Aaron Morris, and Shannon M. Barber-Meyer

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POPULATION DYNAMICS OF AMUR TIGERS (P. t. altaica, Temminck 1884) IN SIKHOTE-ALIN ZAPOVEDNIK: 1966-2012, Dale Miquelle, Evgeny N. Smirnov, Olga Yu. Zaumyslova, Svetlana V. Soutryina, and Douglas H. Johnson

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Timing of Spring Surveys for Midcontinent Sandhill Cranes, Aaron T. Pearse, Gary L. Krapu, David A. Brandt, and Glen A. Sargeant

2014

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How Hot is Too Hot? Live-Trapped Gray Wolf Rectal Temperatures and 1-year Survival, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer and L. David Mech

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Successes and Challenges from Formation to Implementation of Eleven Broad-Extent Conservation Programs, Erik A. Beever, Brady J. Mattsson, Matthew J. Germino, Max Post van der Burg, John B. Bradford, and Mark W. Brunson

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Spring phenology and timing of breeding in short-distance migrant birds: phenotypic responses and offspring recruitment patterns in common goldeneyes, Robert G. Clark, Hannu Pöysä, Pentti Runko, and Antti Paasivaara

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Spring Migration Ecology of the Mid-Continent Sandhill Crane Population with an Emphasis on Use of the Central Platte River Valley, Nebraska, Gary L. Krapu, David A. Brandt, Paul J. Kinzel, and Aaron T. Pearse

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Establishing endangered species recovery criteria using predictive simulation modeling, Conor P. McGowan, Daniel H. Catlin, Terry L. Shaffer, Cheri L. Gratto-Trevor, and Carol Aron

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Wolf Population Regulation Revisited—Again, Ronald E. Mcroberts and L. David Mech

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A Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Delivers Live Prey to a Pup, L. David Mech

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Re-Evaluating the Northeastern Minnesota Moose Decline and the Role of Wolves, L. David Mech and John Fieberg

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Accuracy of Aging Ducks in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Parts Collection Survey, Aaron T. Pearse, Douglas H. Johnson, Kenneth D. Richkus, Frank C. Rohwer, Robert R. Cox Jr., and Paul I. Padding

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Field-readable alphanumeric flags are valuable markers for shorebirds: use of double-marking to identify cases of misidentification, Erin A. Roche, Colin M. Dovichin, and Todd W. Arnold

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Detection Probability of Least Tern and Piping Plover Chicks in a Large River System, Erin A. Roche, Terry L. Shaffer, Michael J. Anteau, Mark H. Sherfy, Jennifer H. Stucker, Mark T. Wiltermuth, and Colin M. Dovichin

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Ecotypic Variation in Recruitment of Reintroduced Bighorn Sheep: Implications for Translocation, Brett P. Wiedmann and Glen A. Sargeant

2013

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Songbird Abundance in Native and Planted Grassland Varies With Type and Amount of Grassland in the Surrounding Landscape, Stephen K. Davis, Ryan J. Fisher, Susan L. Skinner, Terry L. Shaffer, and R. Mark Brigham

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Age Structure of Moose (Alces alces) Killed by gray Wolves (Canis lupus) in Northeastern Minnesota, 1967–2011, L. David Mech and Michael E. Nelson

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Improving species occupancy estimation when sampling violates the closure assumption, Clint R.V. Otto, Larissa L. Bailey, and Gary J. Roloff

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Comparison of bird community indices for riparian restoration planning and monitoring, Jock S. Young, Elisabeth M. Ammon, Peter J. Weisberg, Thomas E. Dilts, Wesley E. Newton, Diane C. Wong-Kone, and Lisa G. Heki

2012

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Development of Camera Technology for Monitoring Nests, W. Andrew Cox, M. Shane Pruett, Thomas J. Benson, Scott J. Chiavacci, and Frank R. Thompson III

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Identification of Sprague's Pipit Nest Predators, Stephen K. Davis, Stephanie L. Jones, Kimberly Dohms, and Teslin Holmes

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Nest Defense- Grassland Bird Responses To Snakes, Kevin Ellison and Christine Ribic

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Ducks and Passerines Nesting in Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie Treated With Fire, Todd A. Grant, Terry L. Shaffer, Elizabeth M. Madden, and Gordon B. Berkey

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Wolf Population Dynamics in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains Are Affected by Recruitment and Human-Caused Mortality, Justin A. Gude, Michael S. Mitchell, Robin E. Russell, Carolyn A. Sime, L. David Mech, and Robert R. Ream

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Nonlinear effects of group size on the success of wolves hunting elk, Daniel R. MacNulty, Douglas W. Smith, L. David Mech, John A. Vucetich, and Craig Packer

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Use of Real-time PCR to Detect Canine Parvovirus in Feces of Free-ranging Wolves, L. David Mech, Emily S. Almberg, Douglas Smith, Sagar Goyal, and Randall S. Singer

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Mapping Anuran Habitat Suitability to Estimate Effects of Grassland and Wetland Conservation Programs, David M. Mushet, Ned H. Euliss Jr., and Craig A. Stockwell

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Hatching and Fledging Times from Grassland Passerine Nests, Pamela J. Pietz, D.A. Granfors, and Todd Grant

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Knowledge Gained from Video-Monitoring Grassland Passerine Nests, P. J. Pietz, D.A. Granfors, C.A. Ribic, and F. R. Thompson

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Predatory Identity Can Explain Nest Predation Patterns, Jennifer L. Reidy and Frank Thompson

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Bird Productivity and Nest Predation in Agricultural Grasslands, C.A. Ribic, Michael Guzy, Travis Anderson, David Sample, and Jamie Nack

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Nocturnal Activity of Nesting Shrubland and Grassland Passerines, Christy Slay, Kevin Ellison, C.A. Ribic, Kimberly Smith, and Carolyn Schmitz

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Conservation Implications When the Nest Predators Are Known, Frank Thompson and C.A. Ribic

2011

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Infectious Diseases in Yellowstone’s Canid Community, Emily S. Almberg, Paul C. Cross, L. David Mech, Doug W. Smith, Jennifer W. Sheldon, and Robert L. Crabtree

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Accuracy of Estimating Wolf Summer Territories by Daytime Locations, Dominic J. Demma and L. David Mech

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A Multi-Year Comparison of IPCI Scores for Prairie Pothole Wetlands: Implications of Temporal and Spatial Variation, Ned H. Euliss Jr. and David M. Mushet

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Integrating estimates of ecosystem services from conservation programs and practices into models for decision makers, Ned H. Euliss Jr., Loren M. Smith, Shuguang Liu, Walter G. Duffy, Stephen P. Faulkner, Robert A. Gleason, and S. Diane Eckles

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Prototyping an online wetland ecosystem services model using open model sharing standards, Min Feng, Shuguang Liu, Ned H. Euliss Jr., Claudia Young, and David M. Mushet

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Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids, Eli Geffen, Michael Kam, Reuven Hefner, Pall Hersteinsson, Anders Angerbjorn, Love Dalen, Eva Fuglei, Karin Noren, Jennifer R. Adams, John Vucetich, Thomas J. Meier, L. David Mech, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Daniel R. Stahler, and Robert K. Wayne

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Demonstration of a conceptual model for using LiDAR to improve the estimation of floodwater mitigation potential of Prairie Pothole Region wetlands, Shengli Huang, Claudia Young, Min Feng, Karl Heidemann, Matthew Cushing, David M. Mushet, and Shuguang Liu

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Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) Movements and Behavior Around a Kill Site and Implications for GPS Collar Studies, L. David Mech

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The Scientific Classification of Wolves: Canis lupus soupus, L. David Mech

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Movements of Wolves at the Northern Extreme of the Species’ Range, Including during Four Months of Darkness, L. David Mech and H. Dean Cluff

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Parsing demographic effects of canine parvovirus on a Minnesota wolf population, L. David Mech and Sagar M. Goyal

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Use of cranial characters in taxonomy of the Minnesota wolf (Canis sp.), L. David Mech, Ronald M. Nowak, and Sanford Weisberg

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Wolves, Canis lupus, Carry and Cache the Collars of Radio-collared White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, they Killed, Michael E. Nelson and L. David Mech

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Problems with studying wolf predation on small prey in summer via global positioning system collars, Vicente Palacios and L. David Mech

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Spring-migration Ecology of Northern Pintails in South-central Nebraska, Aaron T. Pearse, Gary L. Krapu, Robert R. Cox Jr., and Bruce E. Davis

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Classifying the Hydrologic Function of Prairie Potholes with Remote Sensing and GIS, Jennifer Rover, Chris K. Wright, Ned H. Euliss Jr., David M. Mushet, and Bruce K. Wylie

2010

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Proportion of Calves and Adult Muskoxen, Ovibos moschatus Killed by Gray Wolves, Canis lupus, in July on Ellesmere Island, L. David Mech

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What is the taxonomic identity of Minnesota wolves?, L. David Mech

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Prolonged Intensive Dominance Behavior Between Gray Wolves, Canis lupus, L. David Mech and H. Dean Cluff

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Migration of northern Yellowstone elk: implications of spatial structuring, P. J. White, Kelly M. Proffitt, L. David Mech, Shaney B. Evans, Julie A. Cunningham, and Kenneth L. Hamlin

2009

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A Serological Survey of Infectious Disease in Yellowstone National Park’s Canid Community, Emily S. Almberg, L. David Mech, Douglas W. Smith, Jennifer W. Sheldon, and Robert L. Crabtree

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Vulnerability of Rehabilitated Agricultural Production Systems to Invasion by Nontarget Plant Species, Sara G. Baer, David M. Engle, Johannes M. H. Knops, Kenneth A. Langeland, Bruce D. Maxwell, Fabian D. Menalled, and Amy J. Symstad

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Problems with the claim of ecotype and taxon status of the wolf in the Great Lakes region, Matthew A. Cronin and L. David Mech

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Wolf, Canis lupus, Visits to White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus, Summer Ranges: Optimal Foraging?, Dominic J. Demma and L. David Mech

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Wolf Use of Summer Territory in Northeastern Minnesota, Dominic J. Demma and L. David Mech

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Feeding Ecology of Arctic-Nesting Sandpipers During Spring Migration Through the Prairie Pothole Region, Jan Eldridge, Gary Krapu, and Douglas Johnson

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Body Size and Predatory Performance in Wolves: Is Bigger Better?, Daniel R. MacNulty, Douglas W. Smith, L. David Mech, and Lynn E. Eberly

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Predatory senescence in ageing wolves, Daniel R. MacNulty, Douglas W. Smith, John A. Vucetich, L. David Mech, and Craig Packer

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Chapter 2: Long-Term Research on Wolves in the Superior National Forest, L. David Mech

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Long Daily Movements of Wolves, Canis lupus, During Pup Rearing, L. David Mech and H. Dean Cluff

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Role of Invasive Melilotus officinalis in Two Native Plant Communities, Laura C. Van Riper and Diane Larson

2008

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Using Plasma-Lipid Metabolites to Index Changes in Lipid Reserves of Free-Living Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis), Michael Anteau and Alan Afton

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Diets of Lesser Scaup during Spring Migration throughout the Upper-Midwest are Consistent with the Spring Condition Hypothesis, Michael J. Anteau and Alan Afton

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Amphiod Densities and Indices of Wetland Quality Across the Upper-Midwest, USA, Michael J. Anteau and Alan D. Afton

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Elk Calf Survival and Mortality Following Wolf Restoration to Yellowstone National Park, Shannon M. Barber-Meyer, L. David Mech, and P. J. White

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Factors Influencing Predation on Juvenile Ungulates and Natural Selection Implications, S. M. Barber-Meyer and L. D. Mech

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Elk Calf Survival and Mortality Following Wolf Restoration to Yellowstone National Park La Supervivencia y la Mortalidad de las Crı´as de Wapiti Tras la Restauracio´ n del Lobo al Parque Nacional de Yellowstone La Survie et la Mortalite´ des Faons de Wapitis qui a Suivi la Re´introduction du Loup au Parc de Yellowstone, S. M. Barber-Meyer, L. David Mech, and P. J. White

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Linking Ecosystem Processes with Wetland Management Goals: Charting a Course for a Sustainable Future, Ned H. Euliss Jr., Loren M. Smith, Douglas A. Wilcox, and Bryant A. Browne

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Prairie Pothole Regional Studies, Robert A. Gleason

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Ecosystem Services Derived from Wetland Conservation Practices in the United States Prairie Pothole Region with an Emphasis on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve and Wetlands Reserve Programs, Robert A. Gleason, Murray K. Laubhan, Brian A. Tangen, and Kevin E. Kermes