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Eric Walberg (left), a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources intern, and Erik Hildebrand, wildlife health specialist for the DNR, fit a deer with a GPS collar in early March near Fourtown, Minn. The DNR is tracking a dozen deer fitted with GPS collars as part of a study to learn more about the habitat they use in a farmland-forest transition area of northwestern Minnesota. (Minnesota DNR photo)

WILDLIFE RESEARCH: Wolves take toll on deer in GPS study

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Wolves took an early bite out of a pilot study to monitor the travels of white-tailed deer in a farmland-forest transition area of northwestern Minnesota, but the project now is back on track.

According to Dr. Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, wolves killed six of 16 deer fitted in mid-January with GPS satellite collars; the collar of another deer malfunctioned within days of the capture.

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