Casper, Wy – A Wildlife Biologist is casting doubt on the perception that wolves and grizzly bears are decimating the Jackson Hole moose population. Joel Berger from the Wildlife Conservation Society has studied those moose for the last decade and watched the population decline. He says grizzlies and wolves are playing a role in that, but only a minor one.
Berger says 60-percent of the deaths have been from starvation. He says grizzlies were only responsible for 14-18 percent, while wolves accounted for less then two percent of moose deaths. Berger presented his findings to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Thursday. Game and Fish says it will look to utilize this information in moose management decisions.