Audio device uses howls to keep track of wolves. By John Cramer of the Missoulian
A lot of people don’t like radio collars on wolves. These “howlboxes” could eliminate much of the incentive to collar them. It ought to make photographers happy and elminate the impact a collar has on wolf behavior.
On the other hand, they might be able to find every wolf pack making Wildlife Services’ killing activities even more lethal.
As far as counting wolves goes, in the past wolf conservationists have argued that the official count is fairly accurate and maybe a bit high. Anti-wolfers have spun stories that the actual numbers are twice, even ten times the official count. With state management this could be reversed with wolf conservationists saying the states overestimate the population so they can pretend they are conserving the wolf.
Perhaps the howlbox could make the process of counting more objective.