Wolf Count Estimations
Wolf. Report has crunched some numbers and we'd like to share our findings. Before we begin, please note that these are rough estimates and should not be considered official statements from any organization. We may not be scientists or mathematicians, but we strive to contribute valuable insights to the conversation.
Our goal was to make our reports useful by analyzing our data. Despite being of average intelligence, we dived into the numbers in front of us. Initially, we wanted to estimate the wolf population in each deer area, but soon realized that was too much for our calculators😊. However, we decided to work with statewide data based on the official count of 2,691 wolves.
Currently, our reporters have captured approximately 340 wolves. Crunching the numbers reveals that our reporters account for about 11.5% of all wolves in Minnesota based on official population count. This percentage surprised us because we expected it to be much lower, perhaps around 1% maybe as high as 5%.
To find a middle ground, we settled on a capture rate of 7%. Based on this calculation, Minnesota's wolf population would be closer to 4,857. If we lean towards the higher end of our estimated percentage around 5%, the estimate would be approximately 6,000. These numbers are purely speculation based on our expectations of our capture percentage so please take them with a pound of salt.
While these figures seem more realistic to us, keep in mind that they are still only estimates. To draw more conclusive results, we would require a larger dataset. Nevertheless, one thing is clear: the official numbers leave room for improvement.
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