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Condition:  Often while examining carcasses, biologists find signs that an animal was in poor health condition.  An arthritic leg joint found at a carcass site suggests the elk was unable to fully extend its leg, and therefore, it was slower than other elk, a prime target for wolves.

Evidence of malnutrition, injury, disease, or parasite infestation that contributed to a weakened condition in the prey might also be found.

By removing herd members with disease and parasites, wolves can help prevent an epidemic die-off in which many members of the herd become infected and die.

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