Alberta is experiencing something of a wolf problem, especially when it comes to their predatory habits. This video of two wolves bringing down a deer hit YouTube just as Alberta researchers released a study on the results of a seven-year wolf cull in the province meant to safeguard a vulnerable caribou herd. The Canadian Press reported that nearly 45 percent of the wolves in northern Alberta, where this video reportedly took place, are culled every year to prevent the extermination of the caribou herd, which now only consists of about 70 animals. The cull, however, is only a short-term option due to other factors threatening the herd.
“The larger the area that you treat, the more wolves that you’re going to have to deal with and the higher the cost,” said Stan Boutin, a biologist at the University of Alberta. “It’s not scalable, in the sense that I don’t think anyone has the stomach for doing it across the province.”
This video was apparently taken by an oilfield worker, who watched from a distance.
“The best I could’ve done was get out and tried to beat them to death with my radio,” he wrote. “It was hard to watch, but it is just nature after all.”