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Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by pawnee » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:25 pm

This isn`t a scientific question, just a fun one. Do you think wolves have a preffrence in what they eat? Or if they think that one meal is tastier than the other? One wolf might like elk for supper and some wolves might have a taste for moose or deer. Or then agian they could just not care and eat whatever is infront of them...but thats not as fun to think about.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Howlin' Wolf » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:48 pm

lol i think they might have food preffrences. On Wolf Quest i like chasing elk more than rabbits! lol also, if they had an elk and a deer infront of them they might chase the preffrence.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Chenneoue » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:26 am

I would think so. Like any animal or person, for what ever the reason or cause, you will tend to eat more of one thing than another. I know my cats prefer certain things to another, I would assume wolves, and others would be the same.

Heck...even my fish are picky!

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Post by Blindseer » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:48 am

I even had a goldfish that ate other fish a couple years ago.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Vida » Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:30 pm

I definately think they have food preferances. Out of fish flavoured food, my cat will only eat salmon-flavoured.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by pawnee » Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:07 pm

well I know at zoos they often feed rats and hamsters to captuive wolves, but I don`t really know if a wolf would want a rat compared to venison. Then agian I wonder what people would say if you fed lamb to the wolves.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Vida » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:46 pm

No one has complaints when you feed a rat to a wolf, but when you feed a lamb they'll probably be like this --> D:<. It depends if they're alive or not.

I have no problems if they fed lambs to a wolf, the lambs were probably going to be eaten by humans anyway.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by pawnee » Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:13 pm

i didn`t really mean that wolves were eating "cute" animals, more so the irony of how wolves should never eat livestock, and what would be the response from the public if keepers fed captive wolves lamb and sheep carcasses. but thats another way of looking at it, in the 1800s, one of the propaganda compaigns agianst the wolf were that wolves and predators killed "cute" or "innocent" animals such as lambs and baby deer fawns, and the wolf was basically a bully.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Chenneoue » Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:29 am

pawnee wrote:well I know at zoos they often feed rats and hamsters to captuive wolves, but I don`t really know if a wolf would want a rat compared to venison. Then agian I wonder what people would say if you fed lamb to the wolves.

Personally I rather them eat lamb. If these are captive wolves, and never to be released, I would say go ahead! It better and probably closer to some of things they would eat. I wouldn't feed to wolves that are going to return to the wild, this way you have no one screaming claiming they have a taste for livestock.

But really, a varitey should be fed, as I think many zoos do. Just depends on what they can afford and get their hands on.

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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Kyuubi no yoko » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:12 pm

Oh yes I am sure they do. Even predatory insects have prey preferences LOL.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Darkwolfe » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:59 pm

Wolves aren't stupid. I'm afraid I don't remember the location, but there was a time when ranchers would poison a sheep or calf carcass and leave it out to kill wolves. It didn't take long for the wolves to figure out that eating a sheep or calf carcass equaled a chance to die.

In the end, the ranchers thinned out the coyote population a bit and barely touched the wolves. I'd bet in those areas the wolves chose a safer prey than livestock.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by SwanSong » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:07 pm

I've seen dogs and cats that have specific food preferences.
Darkwolfe wrote:Wolves aren't stupid. I'm afraid I don't remember the location, but there was a time when ranchers would poison a sheep or calf carcass and leave it out to kill wolves. It didn't take long for the wolves to figure out that eating a sheep or calf carcass equaled a chance to die.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Darkwolfe » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:30 pm

SwanSong wrote:I've seen dogs and cats that have specific food preferences.
Darkwolfe wrote:Wolves aren't stupid. I'm afraid I don't remember the location, but there was a time when ranchers would poison a sheep or calf carcass and leave it out to kill wolves. It didn't take long for the wolves to figure out that eating a sheep or calf carcass equaled a chance to die.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by king1-7 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:04 am

I do think they prefer the taste of some things to others.

In fact, in 'Asta Bowen's book, Hungry for Home: A Wolf Odyssey", the pack of wolves found a cow carcass. They ate it because it was a free food opportunity, but it was made out to be nasty-tasting.

I don't know how scientific that is, but the book is based on a series of actual events and a real pack of wolves. Just felt like throwing in in there.
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Re: Do You Think Have prey preffrences?

Post by Lyrak » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:25 am

I wouldn't doubt it. Most animals seem to have preferences.

Every dog I've ever known prefers treats to their regular food, and table scraps to their regular treats. My cat prefers one food over another (oddly she prefers the cheap "inferior" stuff over the quality foods... I don't get it). She doesn't like chicken as a treat but will eat tuna and beef. My mother's cat won't eat beef but LOVES chicken.

My grandfather's dog likes beef scraps, but if he smells lamb he goes NUTS.

And I prefer venison to beef.

So I figure wolves probably have preferences too.
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