Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

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Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Crysty Wolf » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:47 pm

I heard foxes kill and eat their kits, so do wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by ChocolateRain » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:00 pm

I don't think wolves eat their own pups but then again I'm not entirely sure.

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Post by Kodiak » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:17 pm

The males might but probably not I'm not sure... :?
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Whitefang2331 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:15 pm

A little off topic but I know male lions kill other cubs but I dont think a wolf would eat them... would they? :roll: :shock:

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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Vail » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:44 pm

The males might and if they find lone pups that dont belong to them they might kill them.

I do not think they actually EAT them though.
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Post by Moonracer » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:02 am

i doubt if the pups were in their pack, but maybe a wolf from a different pack just might. If they were starving, but i'm not quite sure.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Whitefang2331 » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:13 am

Mabey wolves from other packs would kill yours do to the fact they are future compettition?

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Post by WQ Project Coordinator » Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:51 pm

I will see what I can dig up on this topic.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Eclipse » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:15 pm

I'm not sure if wolves would eat there own pups. I've heard of male lions eats other lions cubs, but i don't know if wolves do the samething.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by coyote » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:40 pm

i haven't heard of wolves killing wolf pups, but i've heard that wolves kill coyote pups, and coyotes kill wolf pups :shock:

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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by ChocoHuntess » Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:48 pm

i HAVE heard that male wolves will eat their own cub. :cry:
thats why the mother always keeps him away by growling at him.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by WQ Project Coordinator » Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:05 am

After talking with Jackie, the wolf keeper at the Minnesota Zoo, I have a partial answer for you. She told me that wolves sometimes do kill and/or eat pups. If a pup dies, the mother might bring it out of the den to keep the den clean and it probably will be consumed by some animal, potentially a wolf. If a mother cannot defend her den against other animals, the pups may be killed and consumed. This includes wolves from other territories. Something to remember is that while a mother wolf has bonded with her pups, it is unlikely that she would die protecting them. She would abandon them after putting up a fight if her life was definitely in danger. This may sound cruel but many pups wouldn't survive without their mother so what would be the purpose of her dying. Pup survival is not easy. We don't know what the wolves are thinking, but there is always the next breeding season.

Here at the Minnesota Zoo a couple of years ago the Mexican Gray wolves had 8 pups. One by one, six of the pups died and the mother removed them from the den. The keepers never found a trace of the pups or digging to indicate that they had been cached (buried for a later time). They don't know exactly what happened to the deceased pups, but being consumed is an option.

Wolves can be very difficult to study due to their secretive nature. There are some things scientists just don't have solid answers for.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Whitefang2331 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:52 pm

whoa :shock:

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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Eclipse » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:14 pm

Thats sad, but wolves are wild animals so i ghess it could happen. But it could have been a big crow to or another bird.
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Re: Will wolves ever kill and/or eat their pups?

Post by Fangs of Fire » Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:44 am

Poor pups. :(

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