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'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:39 am
by Bright-Heart
is it true that some wolves will live alone? It would explian the term 'lone wolf'. I know that at some point, most wolves leave thier birth pack and become a dispersal, they then wander the land looking for a mate, when they find one they start their own pack. but would a wolf ever decide to live alone completly?
and even though this is the complete opposite of the question above, i was still curious:
will a wolf ever stay with it's birth pack permanently? and has there ever been an accurance with a pack in which more than one female had pups? not just the lead pair?

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:34 am
by BlackWarrior
Hey there Bright-Heart, ^^ I will do my best to answer your questions.

1.
Yes, it is true that's some wolves live alone therefore being called "lone wolf or dispersals". Although most wolves strive for a fairly social life, there have been wolves that live as a line wolf for their whole life . It is in a wolf's instinct to breed, multiply, socialize, and survive. In order ti survive, they must do all of those things. Wolves that live alone have a much harder time bringing down prey, protecting themselves, as well as continuing the natural cycle of breeding. MOST lone wolves will search fir another lone wolf to start a pack with, join a pack, while some were driven by instinct to repopulate, they then breeded with coyote. (Resulting in coy-wolves)

2.
Yes, some wolves may possibly stay in their birth pack. Wolf packs are groups of families that are usually related by blood in some way. For some reason, it seems male wolves disperse while the female may stay within the pack. So when you really think about it, the way the pack continues to grow is by having the pups stay within they pack.

3.
I have actually heard of this happening before. It was a documentary on wolves. Although very uncommon, it does happen. Some experts are unsure of why this behavior would have been accepted, but they point their fingers at a survival strategy sovtheir numbers grow greater and faster.
From what I know, if this were to happen, because the dominant female is supposed to be the only pair ti have pups, the other female may be chased from the pack.

(Sorry for typos. ^^ on my iPod. xD)

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:31 am
by Overcast
Adding on to BlackWarrior's number three,
Wikipedia wrote:In areas with low wolf densities, wolves are generally monogamous.[72] Mated pairs usually remain together for life if one of the wolves does not die. Upon the death of one mated wolf, pairs are quickly re-established. Polygamy does occur, but primarily in captive situations. Multiple litters are rarely successful, due to infanticide by the pack's females.[74]
Soucre: Gray Wolf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_wolf

Because more pups would mean more hunting is needed, it makes sense that small wild packs could not afford to have additional pups aside from the dominant pairs' (which have the best chance of surviving in the first place). However, what BlackWarrior was talking about can be explained here:
Wikipedia wrote:The reproductive behaviour of introduced wolf packs in Yellowstone is unusual, as they often have multiple breeding females who mate with lone male wolves that encroach upon the pack territories during the mating season. These so called "Casanova wolves" are young males that, having failed to procure mates or territories after leaving their natal pack, mate with the daughters of already established breeding pairs from other packs. Unlike males from established packs, Casanova wolves do not form pair bonds with the females they mate with. Because of the great abundance of prey in Yellowstone, female wolves there can bear multiple litters in this fashion.[85]

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:09 am
by SolitaryHowl
I wouldn't use Wikipedia for information. A lot of information on there is very inaccurate.

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:36 am
by Masika
SolitaryHowl wrote:I wouldn't use Wikipedia for information. A lot of information on there is very inaccurate.
Try not to drift off topic there, Solitary, m'kay? Cheers ^_^

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:46 pm
by Overcast
SolitaryHowl wrote:I wouldn't use Wikipedia for information. A lot of information on there is very inaccurate.
Alright, here are the primary sources of information for those quotes:

[72], [74]: Mech, L. David; Boitani, Luigi (2003). Wolves: Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation. University of Chicago Press.
[85]: Smith, Douglas W. (2006) Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone, Lyons Press, 2006.

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:32 am
by balto251
i would use google for information instead of wikipedia.

sorry if i am copying anyone xD

Re: 'lone wolf' ?

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27 am
by Neamara
balto251 wrote:i would use google for information instead of wikipedia.

sorry if i am copying anyone xD
Please avoid repeating answers, balto251. Doing so is considered a form of SPAM- for further information, please refer to the Forum Guidelines. ;)

Additionally, the original question would appear to have been thoroughly answered... since this is also an old thread that hasn't had a response since January of this year, I'll go ahead and lock it to prevent further repeated answers and unnecessary bumping. If there is any further need for this thread, please feel free to PM me or another moderator.

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