Abandoned Corpse wrote:I guess I wasn't specific enough, I was talking about North Amercia, sorry. Cougars are a problem for wolves, but MOST of the time, wolves come out on top.
By big cats, I mean the genus Panthera
(lions, tigers, leopards etc.).
A cougar can easily kill a wolf.
Some Relevant information -
, who leads the Yellowstones National Park Service's Yellowstone Wolf Project.
"Smith saw a male grizzly drive a pack of wolves away from an elk carcass, then make a "king of the hill" defense as the wolves darted in and out, trying, but failing, to wear him out.
But wolves do not always win. Males (Wolves), at 125 pounds, can go after a 110-pound female cougar if they are in a pack, but a lone wolf is a bagatelle for a 160-pound male cougar. Smith has recorded two instances of cougars ambushing and killing single wolves -- one an adult, the other a pup.
"A lion has two sets of lethal weapons -- teeth and claws, whereas wolves' principal weapon is just teeth," said National Park Service cougar specialist Kerry Murphy. Cougars can dominate as long as they stay in the rocks or in the forest, where they can climb a tree. "We're still talking about dogs and cats," he said.
May 19, 2003
By Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 19, 2003; Page A07
http://www.wildraven.net/AmericanGrizzl ... _news.html
On another note...
Here's an interesting matchup few know about:
Wolves may encounter striped hyenas in Israel, Central Asia and India, usually in disputes over carcasses. Striped hyenas feed extensively on wolf-killed carcasses in areas where the two species interact. One-to-one, hyenas dominate wolves, but wolf packs can drive off single or outnumbered hyenas. However, there was a case of a female striped hyena dominating 12 Arabian wolves. Two cases are known however from southern Israel, where wolves and striped hyenas associated closely with each other in an apparently amicable way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_wolf ... ompetitors
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2. Nayak, S.; Shah, S.; Borah, J. (2015). "Going for the kill: an observation of wolf-hyaena interaction in Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India". Canid Biology & Conservation 18 (7): 27–29
3. "BBC Two - Wild Arabia, The Jewel of Arabia, Wolves vs hyena". BBC.
4. "Striped hyenas in gray wolf packs: cooperation, commensalism or singular aberration?" (PDF). Zoology in the Middle East. February 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.