Elk pop. of West Fork of Bitterroot has dropped 21 % in four years. Wolves live there too. Therefore wolves must be responsible?
This seems to be the current argument of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. They used to have other explanations. More properly this new logic would be one hypothesis (one of a number of possible explanations*). They want the federal government to give authority to kill 12 wolves. If granted, would this be a good test of the hypothesis?
Story on the issue: Bitterroot: Where have all the elk gone? by Alex Sakariassen. Missoula Independent
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*Of course, there are the ideologically driven. They don’t need a test. Wolves did it. They always do.