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abanoned wolves

Post by jaguartail » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:07 pm

under what circumstances would a wolf be abanoned by the rest of his/her family?

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Post by grape500 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:55 pm

they probably wouldn't be abandoned under any circumstances
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Post by Werewolf Leader » Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:32 pm

They might be because if the lone wolf does someting bad or is no help to the pack they might.

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Post by SolitaryHowl » Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:50 pm

No; wolves are never abandoned or 'kicked out of the pack'. The only reason I can see the wolf being abandoned, is, if it is about to die or is already dead.
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Re: abanoned wolves

Post by Coats » Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:22 pm

Well, in this topic:
http://www.wolfquest.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=22216

the quote said that the mother abandoned the pups when they could not be coaxed out of the den. I was curious about this because you said that they would not abandon pack members on any circumstance.
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Re: abanoned wolves

Post by Canidae » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:20 pm

If you read further in that article, it discusses how close human proximity to the area might have prompted unusual behavior. I'm not a fan of saying that something "is completely and totally impossible", so I'm not going to say that wolf pups won't ever be left behind. But I will say that it does not happen very often. Maybe in a period of low prey availability, the parents will eat everything themselves in an attempt to stay alive, and their pups might starve.
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Re: abanoned wolves

Post by Coats » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:07 pm

Thank you for answering my question, Canidae. I always figured the parents would give everything to save their pups. You learn something new every day. :)
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Re: abanoned wolves

Post by Snowmuzzle » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:33 am

Well, giving up your life to save a pup makes very little sense, if you think about it. If the parents die, the pups are highly unlikely to live either, making it even more pointless. If the parents save themselves, chances are they can go on to reproduce next year and have a chance of successfully raising their young this time round :)
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