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Wolves generally avoid human settlements. For this reason, domestic sheep, though essentially easy prey for wolves, are not usually attacked by them. In Hylantia prior to 1910, farmers nevertheless lost considerable numbers of sheep to wolves each year. Attributing this to the large number for wolves, in 1910 the government began offering rewards to hunters for killing wolves. From 1910 to 1915, large numbers of wolves were killed. Yet wolf attacks on sheep increased significantly.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the increase in wolf attacks on sheep?

A. Populations of deer and other wild animals that wolves typically prey on increased significantly in numbers from 1910 to 1915.
B. Prior to 1910, there were no legal restrictions in Hylantia on the hunting of wolves.
C. After 1910 hunters shot and wounded a substantial number of wolves, thereby greatly diminishing these wolvesâ€™ ability to prey on wild animals.
D. Domestic sheep are significantly less able than most wild animals to defend themselves against wolf attacks.
E. The systematic hunting of wolves encouraged by the program drove many wolves in Hylantia to migrate to remote mountain areas uninhabited by humans.

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22 Aug 2006, 11:41
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Argument:
domestic sheep -> easy prey
but wolves do not generally attack

More wolves -> less prey so they attackk sheep

another reason could be less wolves cannot attack normal prey - so they attack sheep - easy prey
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22 Aug 2006, 12:39
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Wolves generally avoid human settlements. For this reason, domestic sheep, though essentially easy prey for wolves, are not usually attacked by them. In Hylantia prior to 1910, farmers nevertheless lost considerable numbers of sheep to wolves each year. Attributing this to the large number for wolves, in 1910 the government began offering rewards to hunters for killing wolves. From 1910 to 1915, large numbers of wolves were killed. Yet wolf attacks on sheep increased significantly.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the increase in wolf attacks on sheep?

A. Populations of deer and other wild animals that wolves typically prey on increased significantly in numbers from 1910 to 1915.

B. Prior to 1910, there were no legal restrictions in Hylantia on the hunting of wolves.

C. After 1910 hunters shot and wounded a substantial number of wolves, thereby greatly diminishing these wolvesâ€™ ability to prey on wild animals.

D. Domestic sheep are significantly less able than most wild animals to defend themselves against wolf attacks.

E. The systematic hunting of wolves encouraged by the program drove many wolves in Hylantia to migrate to remote mountain areas uninhabited by humans.

Good question!!!!!!!!!!!!

its between C and D. the attacks on sheep was increased not because of sheeps' inabilities but because of wolves' inabilities to hunt wild animals. wolves couldnot attack wild animals. therefore they are forced to attack on demostic sheeps.

therefore its C not D.
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22 Aug 2006, 12:45
C because we already know that the domestic sheep are easy prey but the wolves did not attack them until...
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22 Aug 2006, 18:25
(C) seems pretty straight forward. (D) is pretty much clearly laid out already in the passage as sheep being easy prey to wolves - (D) does not really provide much of an alternative explanation. However, (C) tells us clearly that since sheep are easy prey AND that injured wolves probably find it easier to go after that easy prey, the attacks may have increased.
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22 Aug 2006, 20:35
Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers.
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22 Aug 2006, 21:45
C

if wounded then they will try to get easy prey.
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22 Aug 2006, 21:52
"Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). "These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers."

GMATT33, my friend, I believe you just committed a SC sin ;)

"These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers." - are you suggesting that the younger wolves are targetting sheep and are also targetting their own wounded daddy wolves? ;) heh heh -- distorted meaning, pronoun reference error .. :D ;) ;)
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22 Aug 2006, 22:08
C stands
wolves usually hunt in packs so when hunters shot and wounded a substantial number of wolves, thereby greatly diminishing these wolves? ability to prey on wild animals. Wolves had no choice but to kill sheeps
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22 Aug 2006, 22:10
necromonger wrote:
"Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). "These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers."

GMATT33, my friend, I believe you just committed a SC sin

"These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers." - are you suggesting that the younger wolves are targetting sheep and are also targetting their own wounded daddy wolves? heh heh -- distorted meaning, pronoun reference error .. :D

I think we all need a break!
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22 Aug 2006, 23:41
2times wrote:
necromonger wrote:
"Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). "These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers."

GMATT33, my friend, I believe you just committed a SC sin

"These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers." - are you suggesting that the younger wolves are targetting sheep and are also targetting their own wounded daddy wolves? heh heh -- distorted meaning, pronoun reference error .. :D

I think we all need a break!

Yep, wolves are ravenous beasts. Theyll eat anything. OK, time to go to the gym for a few hours and blown off some steam before rengaging..
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23 Aug 2006, 06:25
SC is going to be my downfall..my head is swirling with all the rules and I still can't seem to get them all right. Every practice test I get at least 5-6 wrong no matter how hard I try to study the sentence and apply all that logic :( I sometimes feel it's going to be my downfall in GMAT... and to think I really underestimated it when I began. I thought 'I've been reading english for years, so it shouldn't be a big deal', and now I'm realizing that it was a major mistake. I'm getting hammered in SC...

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2times wrote:
necromonger wrote:
"Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). "These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers."

GMATT33, my friend, I believe you just committed a SC sin ;)

"These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers." - are you suggesting that the younger wolves are targetting sheep and are also targetting their own wounded daddy wolves? ;) heh heh -- distorted meaning, pronoun reference error .. :D ;) ;)

I think we all need a break!

Yep, wolves are ravenous beasts. Theyll eat anything. OK, time to go to the gym for a few hours and blown off some steam before rengaging..
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23 Aug 2006, 10:38
Straight C.
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23 Aug 2006, 10:47
No doubt...C it is...
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08 Dec 2011, 22:00
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2times wrote:
Wolves generally avoid human settlements. For this reason, domestic sheep, though essentially easy prey for wolves, are not usually attacked by them. In Hylantia prior to 1910, farmers nevertheless lost considerable numbers of sheep to wolves each year. Attributing this to the large number for wolves, in 1910 the government began offering rewards to hunters for killing wolves. From 1910 to 1915, large numbers of wolves were killed. Yet wolf attacks on sheep increased significantly.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain the increase in wolf attacks on sheep?

A. Populations of deer and other wild animals that wolves typically prey on increased significantly in numbers from 1910 to 1915.

B. Prior to 1910, there were no legal restrictions in Hylantia on the hunting of wolves.

C. After 1910 hunters shot and wounded a substantial number of wolves, thereby greatly diminishing these wolvesâ€™ ability to prey on wild animals.

D. Domestic sheep are significantly less able than most wild animals to defend themselves against wolf attacks.

E. The systematic hunting of wolves encouraged by the program drove many wolves in Hylantia to migrate to remote mountain areas uninhabited by humans.

Good question!!!!!!!!!!!!

its between C and D. the attacks on sheep was increased not because of sheeps' inabilities but because of wolves' inabilities to hunt wild animals. wolves couldnot attack wild animals. therefore they are forced to attack on demostic sheeps.

therefore its C not D.

Kudos! Classy explanation....!
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08 Dec 2011, 22:17
Conclusion: People thought wolves attacked Sheep. So wolves were shot down. However, Sheep attacks increased instead of being decreased.

A. Populations of deer and other wild animals that wolves typically prey on increased significantly in numbers from 1910 to 1915. - does not explain the finding that sheep attacks increased.

B. Prior to 1910, there were no legal restrictions in Hylantia on the hunting of wolves. - Irrelevant

C. After 1910 hunters shot and wounded a substantial number of wolves, thereby greatly diminishing these wolvesâ€™ ability to prey on wild animals. - These wild animals may have increased in number or activity after wolves were shot down, so these wild animals in turn may have attacked Sheep. Explains the finding that Sheep attacks increased

D. Domestic sheep are significantly less able than most wild animals to defend themselves against wolf attacks. - doesn't explain why the attacks increased

E. The systematic hunting of wolves encouraged by the program drove many wolves in Hylantia to migrate to remote mountain areas uninhabited by humans. - So Sheep attacks should decrease! But why did they increase?
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GMATT73 wrote:
Another possibility is that there could have been a huge number of wolves to begin with. Even if hunters shot and killed many of them, wolves still reproduce quickly (give birth to litters at a time). These new younger wolves could have been targeting the sheep as well as their wounded forefathers.

In just 5 years??? Good fun
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23 Mar 2014, 19:04
I do not understand why the answer choice is C

On the premise, it says large number of wolves were killed and the answer choice seems to go off of the premise by saying the wolves were wounded? Premise is premise so the answer chioce cannot revise or bring up as an issue of whatever stated in the premise, right?

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I do not understand why the answer choice is C

On the premise, it says large number of wolves were killed and the answer choice seems to go off of the premise by saying the wolves were wounded? Premise is premise so the answer chioce cannot revise or bring up as an issue of whatever stated in the premise, right?

Lets before 1910, 20 wolves are killed per year.

Now since more rewards are given out, more wolves are killed (as per premise) -> lets say 100

Option C) says not only more wolves are killed but also more wolves are injured and they are unable to hunt wild animals.

Option C) is not going against the premise but adding information which perfectly explains why so many domestic sheep were also killed by wolves.

I hope this clears the doubt.
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