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Wolves scare deer and reduce auto collisions 24%, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists found an unconventional way of reducing the frequency of deer-auto collisions could be allowing wolves to roam a landscape.

Because wolves prey on deer and also shift deer behavior, they make crashes about 24% less common.

The researchers looked at data from Wisconsin and said wolves reduce deer populations and also scare deer away from linear landscape features, including roads, that wolves often prowl.

The research was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A prior study found that deer-auto collisions cost more than $8 billion annually in the United States.

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  1. “Scientists found an unconventional way of reducing the frequency of deer-auto collisions could be allowing wolves to roam a landscape.”
    Yet, surprisingly, these same ‘roaming’ wolves never chase said deer out in front OF motor vehicles.
    In a world where TERROR of actually having to work seems omnipresent, I would like to place this ‘study’–along with the National Academy of Sciences itself–in nomination for the most Inane Use of GIGO for 2021. 🙁

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