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Last battle of the night, from the WATERFALLS division... #1-seed MOOSE vs. #13-seed RAKALI! #2019MMM
Despite a large size difference, Moose and snowshoe hair compete for food resources & can impact each other's population cycles (bit.ly/2WjplGO) #BunnyTrouble #2019MMM
Moose have been domesticated twice. Although mainly used for hauling, moose milk is valued for higher calcium & phosphorus than dairy cows (bit.ly/2OrDkYh). #2019MMM
IMPORTANTLY: as learned from my childhood friend Jolee, when you're in the car & you fart, you are obliged to holler out "Cork Cork Woody Woody Moosecall Moosecall" #YouAreWelcomeParents #2019MMM
Rakali is widely distributed among waterways in Australia & presence/absence & abundance can serve as a "bioindicator of wetland condition" #CanaryInTheCoalMine #RakaliInTheWetLand rswa.org.au/publications/J… #2019MMM
Rakali have reduced cheek muscles like the masseter to promote a wide gape. #TheBetterToBiteYouWith AND Rakali can bite with over 18Newtons of force, more than any other carnivorous rodent! (bit.ly/2TCwvUS) #2019MMM
Tonight's battle takes place Isle Royale National Park! #2019MMM
Isle Royale had been an ecosystem dominated by caribou & lynx, but hunting, logging, & wildfires devastated caribou & lynx populations by the early 20th Century. #2019MMM sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-6-…
As caribou & lynx populations were plummeting, moose swam across 15 miles of open water to thrive in the regenerating forests of Isle Royale, moose success further accelerated the decline of caribou... #WhosHouse #MooseHouse #2019MMM
But in 1949, a small pack of wolves, crossing a winter ice bridge from Canada arrived & for half a century prevented moose population explosions that would threaten the forest ecology, particularly white spruce. #Regulate #2019MMM
In recent decades, the Isle Royale wolf population has collapsed, dispersal events from mainland wolves were impacted by warming climate as fewer ice bridges formed. science.sciencemag.org/content/361/64… #2019MMM
Inbreeding depression concerns grew... and eventually only two wolves remained agris.fao.org/agris-search/s… #2019MMM
Until last month when several Canadian wolves were translocated to Isle Royale National Park! #SoTopical nps.gov/isro/learn/new… #2019MMM
In recent days, many moose have been moving to the small offshore islets within the park to avoid the recent influx of wolves onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.111… #2019MMM
Our #2019MMM Bull Moose is making his way down a rocky beach spit to swim the short distance to an islet. #2019MMM
Running from the tip of the rocky beach spit, toward the forest cover of Isle Royale (and consequently the Moose), is Rodent Rakali!! #2019MMM
As the wind shifts, the rodent & the cervid freeze... #2019MMM
It was a clear black night, a clear white moon, Wolfie G is on the banks, trying to consume some moose for the eve, so he can get some food. #Regulate #2019MMM
It's the ALPHA MALE of the Michipicoten Island pack, saved from starvation by the relocation to Isle Royale, as the only winter prey on Michipicoten- caribou- are gone. wtip.org/rescuing-wolve… #2019MMM
Or POTENTIALLY saved from starvation... wolf hunts alone bc none of his pack have also been translocated yet. The other male & female translocated the same week came from a different, mainland pack. Photo by Rolf Peterson #2019MMM
The coursing predator wolf surges down the spit... Moose & Rakali race toward the water! #2019MMM
In two strides Moose has passed Rakali & plunges into the water toward the islet... #2019MMM
Rakali reaches the water ahead of the wolf!!!! #2019MMM
But Rakali swims HALF AS SLOWLY AS HE SCAMPERS! (Fish & Baudenette 1999) jeb.biologists.org/content/202/4/… #2019MMM
In the lake shallows, wolf's jaws mean Midnight for Cinderella Rakali. #2019MMM
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