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Can hand-raised wolves survive into the wild?

Experimental release of hand-raised wolf pups in Tver region (Russia): fear of humans, movement patterns and food habits.

Studying the reintroduction of hand-raised wolves may embrace several interests such as deepening knowledge on wolf biology and allowing a controlled release in isolated populations in need of genetic influx. Studies on hand-raised wild animals, showing successful reintroduction, suggested that young released wolves might be able to survive once in the wild without previous fastidious training. Most of their survival behaviours would be instinctive. In this study, nine young wolves were reintroduced in Tver region (Russia) and followed in order to EVALUATE THEIR SURVIVAL CHANCES.

Supervisors of the thesis

Laetitia Becker

Mats Amundin

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Last updated: 05/23/11