In Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat, if wolves were not the cause of the decline in caribou and deer, then what was?  

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First, we should note that wolves and large herbivores such as deer and caribou have been coexisting with quite stable populations for many centuries and thus there are no grounds for arguing that wolves are responsible for population declines of caribou. Instead, wolves tend to prey on weak, sickly individuals, culling the herds. Even more important, wolves serve to keep herbivore...

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