Hi! I'm writing a book and the characters discover a female black wolf pup in the Rocky Mountains. About what time of year would it have to be for the to find her? (Aka when is pupping season) Also, females can have yellow or blue eyes, correct?
Hello! :) Wolf pups are born in the spring, inbetween march and april.
Wolf pups, regardless of sex, are born with blue eyes. But that colour changes at about 6 weeks of age. Mature wolves do not retain blue as an eye color. Sometimes green or grey eyes can appear blue from certain angles or in certain lights. Wolves can have grey, green, brown, yellow, or orange eyes - all these colours can vary in the tone of lightness/darkness, though the green is typically a palish light green.
"There are a lot of examples of wolves bringing food to their old/injured(...)" Can you give a source? I know it's true, but I'd like to give a source to my friend who didn't believe me, saying: "wolves would probably kill or leave the old/injured ones, and most likely they wouldn't bother to feed them".(I also remember one docu. where one wolf from a pack was constantly stopping and waiting for another, limping one, even when the pack was moving way ahead of them, one wouldn't leave another)
Oh dear, I know I read about this several times and saw it in wildlife documentaries, but I can’t recall any of them at the moment D8 I’ll try to find some examples for you, but in the mean time maybe some of my followers could help you out as well? ^^ I know for sure it’s in the book “Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation" sooomewhere, and in some documentaries I can’t recall the name off right now, let me think!
By the way, just thought I’d mention this; you and your friend are both right to some extend. If a wolf passes away, there is a really big change the rest of the pack will eat the dead wolf - food is food. Wolves are extremely opportunistic carnivores, and they will not miss a chance at a meal. Living in some of the most unforgiving terrain on the planet, they are sometimes forced to eat sick or injured members of the pack, and any wolf that has died is generally fair game. Note that usually they only eat another wolf if that wolf is dead already – it’s not like when they’re hungry, pack mates will just go kill and eat each other.
A rescued wolf pup named Lorne, who has since recovered from the emergency surgery that needed to take place when he accidentally swallowed a metal slip lead, is unsuccessful in his attempts to become friends with a very stubborn and dominating ram who wants no part of the puppy’s playful antics. According to the woman at Camels and Friends, Lorne was deliberately placed with this specific ram for a reason:
"Lorne is now five months old, coming on six. He has been introduced to sheep, since he was seven weeks old and has been around the herd daily. Today, under strict supervision I decided to put him in with a semi-dominate ram to gauge his reaction to him. The reason I chose this ram was because he was dominate and willing to stand up to Lorne, but was not overly aggressive and dangerous to him. Likewise, most of the Ewes would have been a poor choice and triggered a flight response in the sheep, which then may have triggered a chase drive in Lorne, which could have resulted in his predatory nature kicking in- whether he meant the sheep harm or not."
Hi! I was wondering what a pack will do with a wolf who has gotten old and unable to hunt. Do they get food for it or abandon it? Thank you!
Hi! In the wild, wolves will usually take great care of old and/or injured pack mates, since natural wolf packs typically are an extremely close family existing out of wolves that are all related to each other, with an unconditional love for one another. There are a lot of examples of wolves bringing food to their old/injured friends and even pre-chewing meat for them :)