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Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by wolfpupsrule567 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:56 pm

I need to know how old a wolf can be when it disperses. Ive heard and read that they can be about a year or a year and 1/2.


I just want to know if its true or not.

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Post by bonsaipotato » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:46 pm

i think they are around 2 years but i could be wrong.
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Post by wolfpupsrule567 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:52 pm

thanks for helping! I may end up googling it, but, mods and adminds will answer too so yeah.
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Re: Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by Blightwolf » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:28 am

Dispersal wolves are adoslescent wolves, so yeah, I would say that prolly around 1-2½ years, or something like that. I would advice you to research more about it to get a more clarifying answer.
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Post by wolfpupsrule567 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:50 am

okay! Thanks for the answer!
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Re: Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by Mezzanota » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:06 am

I think the youngest a wolf could be before dispersion is about a year and a half. After that, they could disperse if/whenever they want.
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Re: Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by Songdog » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:40 pm

Ive always read between 1 1/2 to 2 years. The younger they are, the lower their chance of survival. Plus, the longer they spend in their birth-pack, the more socialized and experienced they will be.

In the WolfQuest game, you start as a 2 year old. So 2 years would probably be the more accurate estimation.
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Re: Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by merowolf » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:44 pm

Mostly it's 1-2 years of age. But i heared that if a wolf is unsatisfied with their pack, they can become a dispersal wolf no matter what their age is. But I do not know if it's true. Oh man! I can't remember! Where did I read that! *scratchs head*
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Re: Wolf dispersal age question...

Post by CLBaileyi » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:57 am

Per Dave Mech and Steve Fritts: Wolves can disperse as early as 5 months or as old as 5 years. However, most wolves disperse between 11-24 months of age. Also, most wolves disperse in aut5umn and early winter or around spring denning season, although they may disperse at any time of the year.

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