International Wolf Center, Ely, MN - Founder and Current Vice-Chair
U.S. Geological Survey - Biological Resources Division
Areas of Interest
Wolf ecology and behavior; predator-prey relations; population regulation; social ecology
My research involves monitoring wolf-deer relations in the Superior National Forest, determining the degree and manner of influence of each population on the other, and exploring the role of other factors, especially snow conditions and canine parvovirus, that influence the system. With the same system and research techniques, I am also attempting to learn as much as possible about basic life history, movements, and social ecology of both species. Meanwhile, I am conducting complementary research on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, and in Yellowstone National Park. The Ellesmere research concentrates primarily on observing the interactions of pack members with each other and with pups around a den and observing wolf interactions with musk-oxen and arctic hares. The Yellowstone National Park studies concentrate primarily on wolf interactions with prey, including mortality and survival studies of elk.
Mech, L. D., and L. Boitani (Editors). 2003. Wolves: Behavior, ecology, and conservation. University of Chicago Press. 428 pp.
Mech, L. D. (Editor). 2000. The wolves of Minnesota: Howl in the heartland. Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN. 127pp.
Mech, L. D., L. G. Adams, T. J. Meier, J. W. Burch and B. W. Dale. 1998. The wolves of Denali. University of Minnesota Press.
No. 4,652,261, March 24, 1987 Drug-injection animal capture collar, L. D. Mech, R. C. Chapman, W. W. Cochran. See the following publications about this collar:
Mech, L. D., R. C. Chapman, W. W. Cochran, L. Simmons, and U. S. Seal. 1984. A radio-triggered anesthetic-dart collar for recapturing large mammals. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 12(1):69-74.
Mech, L. D. and E. M. Gese. 1992. Field testing the Wildlink Capture Collar on wolves. Wildlife Society Bulletin 20:249-256.
Mech, L. D., K. E. Kunkel, R. C. Chapman, T. J. Kreeger. 1990. Field testing of commercially manufactured capture collars on wild deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 54:297-299.