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Monitoring the health of wolves by creating bio-fences and using DNA Analyses


November 2009 - December 2012


We have developed several new, non-invasive techniques for wolf population monitoring that do not require capture and handling of wolves. These novel, cutting-edge tools include howlboxes, rub stations, and DNA rendezvous site surveys. These methods have shown great promise over the last 3 years. Continued testing and refinement of these new methods on a statewide scale will ensure they are embraced by the agencies that have made commitments to conserve wolves into the future.

A new non-lethal tool that would protect both wolves and livestock in the Rockies. Specifically, we propose using human-deployed wolf scents and urine to establish a "biofence" that can be used to manipulate wolf pack movements on the landscape. This tool mimics wolves natural behavior of maintaining distance from other packs through scent-marking and can be used to non-lethally decrease conflicts between wolves and livestock and reduce subsequent wolf deaths.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



Funding Agencies

  • The Bernice Barbour Foundation, Inc.


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey