Wolf pack dynamics lessen death from mange

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Research indicates that wolves suffering from sarcoptic mange have a better chance of survival when they are members of a pack. And the larger the pack the better off the sick wolves are.

A scientific paper published in Ecology Letters recently finds that a lone wolf suffering from mange faces nearly five times the risk of mortality of a lone, uninfected wolf.

But when a wolf with mange is part of a group of five additional wolves, it survives just as well as an uninfected wolf.

The Power Tribune reports that researchers say mange-infected wolves had a higher chance of survival in larger packs than mange infected wolves in smaller packs because larger packs can provide better food and protection.

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Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com

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