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Dens?

Post by Takaraa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:09 pm

Do Wolves usually sleep outside? Or in Dens? I'm guessing they mostly use dens for when there are pups, and it's mostly for mom and pups. Where do wolves normally sleep? Thanks
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Re: Dens?

Post by SolitaryHowl » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:25 pm

Amy_TK9 wrote:Do Wolves usually sleep outside? Or in Dens? I'm guessing they mostly use dens for when there are pups, and it's mostly for mom and pups. Where do wolves normally sleep? Thanks
Wolves sleep anywhere, really. They do not use dens even when there are pups in the pack; usually the den is reserved for the puppies. I do not know if the mother goes in the den, maybe if they are really young and are still suckling.
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Re: Dens?

Post by Nor-easter Forecast » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:05 pm

  • Adding to SH's post

Shortly before birth a female will dig a den; all dens are tiny and barely big enough to fit mother and pups. The mother wolf will stay in the den for the first ten days without leaving her pups at all and then slowly start to leave them for extended times while a wolf from last year's litter stays with the pups. At around six weeks of age the pups leave the den forever (having let for short times around five weeks) and the pack moves to a "rendezvous" site. A rendezvous site can be almost anywhere and constantly moves; it may be made near a kill for near-by food and then moved again to the next stop when the pack kills again. Rendezvous sites are sometimes just well protected places too, or a dip in the ground that provides shelter while still being outdoors.

All adult wolves that aren't stuck in the den with pups sleep outside, however they may seek out a more sheltered place such as the roots of a tree to sleep in. When choosing a den females normally pick a rise in the ground to give a wide view of the land so as to provide an early danger warning.

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Re: Dens?

Post by Takaraa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:06 pm

Thank you guys, that was very informative! Helps a lot :D
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Post by Nor-easter Forecast » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:00 pm

You're welcome. I'm glad it helped.

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