Thomas Gable

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Published on Nov 05, 2017

Final Products of Wolf-Beaver Research

It has been about a year since I last wrote a project update. I wanted to write a new update to let you know that your financial contributions went to good use. I have published 4 scientific, peer-...

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Published on Dec 20, 2016

Where and How Wolves Kill Beavers

Hi Everyone! It has been a while since I last sent out any updates on the research I am doing on wolves and beavers. Much of that is because I have spent most of the time analyzing the data I colle...

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Published on Aug 19, 2015

Wolf-Beaver Update #6

The summer heat is beginning to dwindle in northern Minnesota along with the bugs. Two nights ago it was 38 degrees fahrenheit and today the high was 57 degrees! It has felt like late September her...

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Published on Jul 18, 2015

Wolf-Beaver Update #5

My apologies for not sending out an update in the past few weeks. I was out of the country for a week and then have been spending some long days in the field. Alas, here is an update of how things ...

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Published on Jun 28, 2015

Wolf-Beaver Update #4

The end of June is now upon us here in Voyageurs National Park where it is now hot, humid and buggy most days. It is hard to believe that I have been here for 2 months already. A quick update on th...

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Published on Jun 09, 2015

Wolf-Beaver Update #3

Summer is now in full swing here in Voyageurs National Park. All the migrant birds have arrived and are singing jubilantly everyday. Warm weather has followed as have the mosquitos, black flies, de...

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Hi Leslie, these kill sites are one-time events as wolves probably don't have much choice where they end up killing a beaver - they take what they can get! However, we did find areas were wolves killed two beaver from the same lodge so the kill sites can be pretty close together but they are in fact separate events. Also, understanding the sex of beavers killed would be really cool and not beyond the scope of the study. However, determining the sex of beavers is impossible from the little bits of the beaver that are left at these kill sites. If the whole beaver was there we could sex it but the wolves would never let that happen! Also, sexing beavers can be very challenging even if you have the entire beaver there. There are two main ways to sex beavers: 1. Feel for the baculum (essentially the penis bone). In beavers this can be really pronounced or really hidden. Usually this involves rolling the fur in the pelvic region through your fingers until you feel this small "cheeto" like bone. 2. The other way people sex beavers is by putting pressure on the beavers anal glands which forces out a secretion. Males and female secretions have different colors. This method though seems to be a bit more challenging as you must get a secretion so in the park when we are tagging beavers we determine the sex by method #1. Sadly, we have yet to find a beaver in tact enough at a kill site to determine if it was a male or female. Great questions though Leslie, and thanks again for you generous contributions!
Jan 01, 2016
How Do Wolves and Beavers Interact in Boreal Ecosystems?
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We would love to come do a guest talk at Animal Behavior. The only issue will be the timing of everything! Austin and I will be working here until ice-up which could be early to late November. I will definitely be back during the Thanksgiving time and then likely early December. When does Hope's semester end? If we can make it work, we would both enjoy doing that and would love to grab dinner with the both of you as well! Hope all is well! Tom
Aug 20, 2015
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Yep absolutely! Please feel free to sent me an email (thomasd.gable@gmail.com) if you want anymore info or have any questions! Thanks again for the support Dana and please pass along my thanks to everyone at Wolf Park for their support! I appreciate it! Hope all is well! Tom
Aug 19, 2015
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Thanks so much Dee! I really appreciate it!
Apr 20, 2015
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Thanks much Chuck! Hope to see you as well!
Apr 20, 2015
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Thanks so much! I hope to make it back as well! Thanks again!
Apr 20, 2015
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Haha yes indeed James! That was a long time ago! Thanks so much for your donation!
Apr 20, 2015
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I would love to do that Barbara! Wolf park is always a wonderful place to visit!!
Apr 19, 2015
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That would be fantastic! Thanks again!
Mar 10, 2015
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Thanks a ton for your contribution Sara!
Mar 01, 2015
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Thanks much Kyle! I appreciate you contribution!
Feb 26, 2015
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Sherly, thanks very much for your contribution! It will be put to good use!
Feb 25, 2015
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