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Date:12/1/2009

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Recent downloads of satellite data also indicate probable sites of muskox kills. "With a recent download, I noticed that Brutus and probably several other pack members had traveled to the north side of a fiord to an area frequented by muskoxen, about 25 miles north of where the pups are. Because the locations are precise to within a few yards or meters, next summer we will use hand-held GPS units to check these sites for bones," Mech said.

Brutus' recent movement make the researchers also suspect that the wolves have moved this year's pups to a new rendezvous site near some river flats. Pups are usually kept at these rendezvous sites until they reach adult size and can travel with the rest of the pack. In more southern areas, this occurs in about October, but in the arctic, researchers don't know when that occurs.

"We eagerly await Brutus' signal to give us that information," Mech said.


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Contact: Catherine Puckett
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352-264-3532
United States Geological Survey
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