The study found a 24 percent decrease in collisions between deer and vehicles after the reintroduction of a wolf population. Apparently, this is not due to the equitable reduction of the population by a natural predator. Dominic Parker, a natural resource economist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and co-author of the study, said, “Having a large predator nearby affects the behavior of the prey. Wolves use linear features of a landscape as travel corridors such as roads, pipelines, and stream beds. Deer learn this and can adapt by staying away. “
The results reflect similar reductions in puma populations in a 2016 study.
Since a 2008 US Department of Transportation study found that car accidents cost more than $ 8 billion annually, that’s quite a wolf dividend.
Obviously, many argue that wolves pose a threat to cattle and other operations. There is also a high demand from hunters for the ability to hunt wolves.
So if you want lower insurance rates, get some wolves.