Wolfish statistics

Wolfish statistics On page 44 of the 25 February edition of the Yukon News there is an ad that states, in part, "Did you know ... two wolves kill 27 moose per year?" If we assume, conservatively, there are about 4,000 wolves in the Yukon, this would mea

On page 44 of the 25 February edition of the Yukon News there is an ad that states, in part, “Did you know … two wolves kill 27 moose per year?”

If we assume, conservatively, there are about 4,000 wolves in the Yukon, this would mean an annual harvest of around 54,000 moose.

I’m fairly certain there are not enough moose in the Yukon – no, wait. That there are not enough moose in Canada – no, wait. That there are not enough moose in North America (a Google search showed an estimate somewhere over a million) to sustain this kind of harvest just from the Yukon’s wolves.

I’m reasonably certain that two wolves could kill 27 moose a year. I’m also reasonably certain that a pack of six to eight wolves would kill about the same number.

Shame on everyone who had anything to do with the placement of an ad that is so misleading.

I am appalled that you would think the readership of the Yukon News is so gullible!

Dave Cook

Burwash Landing