Friday, March 25, 2016

Wolf Pack Slaughters 19 Elk in Rare 'Surplus Killing'

Unusual behavior leaves game officials scratching their heads in Wyoming.


These elk were killed by wolves on the McNeel Elk Feedground near Bondurant, Wyoming, as photographed on March 25. Photograph by Ryan Dorgan

It's a popular saying that nothing goes to waste in nature. But occasionally, animals seem to kill for no discernable reason. (And it's not just murderous prairie dogs offing their competitors.) Foxes and wolves, among other predators, sometimes engage in surplus kills, when they take down more prey than they can likely eat.