Iran’s Grey Wolf – Prey Selection

The grey wolf has the largest geographical range of large mammalian carnivores in west Asia, however, it is one of the least studied species.

A study which investigated the diet of the grey wolf in Ghamishlou found that livestock was the most important prey species with 47.1% of total biomass consumed, whereas Persian gazelle comprised 27.0% and wild sheep 15.9%.

Based on interview surveys, less than 1% of mean herd size was lost to wolf depredation, however, almost six times more died from non-depredation causes during each winter.

The study concluded the high occurrence of livestock in the wolves’ diet is mainly because of scavenging rather than depredation.

For further details and a link to the paper, please visit the Iranian Cheetah Society web site.

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