Anonymous asked:
Do you watch movies about/with wolves? Like, let's say, The Legend of Lobo, or Loup (from 2009), or Vesegonskaya volchitsa? I wonder, since you're very into studying wolves, do you enjoy watching (if you do) fictional films about them, even if they're not always accurate on many wolf's life aspects?

I do, yes! Though it’s very hard for me to not get frustrated when they’re not accuratelt depicted (which is like 90% of the time, lol)

I did my graduation thesis on the psychological, scientifical, and political roots of the image of the wolf in American movies made between 1994 and 2014 ^^


By John Hyde

Anonymous asked:
As you've explained before, the concept of alphas in packs comes from artificial captive environments, but how do wolves socialize in a captive environment that's designed to be as natural as possible like in wolf sanctuaries such as Wolf Conservation Center?

You mean when the pack composition is as natural as possible, so like a breeding pair + offspring? In that case it would be the same as in the wild (sorry if I understood you wrong) ^^

Wolf caught on trap camera in Emsburen (Niedersachsen, Germany) - source

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By Frank Verro

Anonymous asked:
The quote "Wolves have a basic aversion to fighting ...", seemingly from Mech's "Wolves", can you tell me which page is it? I have the book and I haven't found this quote virtually anywhere in there. I have, on the other hand, found it to be from Mech's "The Wolf". And there's a difference between the two books, as far as I know.

Omg that book is 400+ pages, lol! I couldn’t find it again, sorry. I’m pretty sure it’s from the book I sourced it as, since I recall reading those lines from the book and then typing them over in a Tumblr post. But maybe it’s from the book you named! Although I don’t own that book. Maybe I have a newer/older version of Mech and Boitani’s “Wolves: Behavior, ecology, and conservation”?

By Yair Leibovich

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Mexican gray wolves back in the wild after 30 years

Sierra Madre - Wild Mexican wolf pups have return to Mexico’s Sierra Madre after a 30-year absence as conservationists try to save the species which was driven to near extinction.

A Mexican gray wolf pup is part of the first litter born in the wild in Mexico in 30 years.

Last December, a pair of adult wolves was released into the Sierra Madre and researchers recently caught up with growing pack.

The national protected areas commission is part of the captive breeding programme that led to the re-introduction. Jesus Lizardo Cruz, deputy director of the commission’s transborder species, hopes this is just the start of a sustainable population.

In Mexico, we currently have this first pack of Mexican wolves born into the wild. It’s an event that is very encouraging and opens up the next step in the process of recovery, to having populations that are completely free but are sustainable amongst themselves, so that they don’t have to be managed.”

It’s been estimated that there are around 400 Mexican wolves world-wide, most of them in captivity.

The United States launched a Mexican wolf recovery programme in 1998 and there are currently 83 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.

Almost all of the existing US animals were born wild and for the past 12 years, wild-born wolves have bred and raised pups in the wild.

And in Mexico, Cruz expects that future studies of the wild wolves in the Sierra Madre will provide invaluable scientific insight into this threatened predator’s natural habitat, especially as their numbers in the wild increase.


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Wolves vulnerable to contagious yawning

New research shows that when one wolf yawns, a packmate often does too.

Watching a pack of wolves at the Tama Zoological Park outside Tokyo last year, Japanese researchers found that the sight of a wolf yawning often triggered yawning in other wolves. And the more time the wolves spent together, the more likely it was to happen.

This is the first time this phenomenon has been observed in wolves, the researchers say.

For centuries, scientists have been puzzling over why we yawn. We tend to yawn more when we’re tired than when we’re not, but people and animals yawn at plenty of other times too. (How many of you have yawned so far just reading this article?) Some studies have found that yawning cools the brain, since the intake of outside air lowers internal temperature. Others say that yawning helps keeping us alert, which may explain why some people yawn right before doing something stressful, like jumping out of a plane.

Still, these theories don’t totally explain one of the more fascinating aspects of yawning: When we see someone else yawn, our chances of yawning go way up. University of Tokyo biologist Teresa Romero says that the leading hypothesis among scientists is that this contagious yawning is related to empathy—meaning an empathetic person or animal will feel tired when he or she observes another individual looking tired. (See “‘Contagious’ Yawning Occurs More Among Loved Ones.”)

Until now, contagious yawning was thought to be something only humans and other primates like chimpanzees do. Scientists who had looked for evidence of yawn contagion among domestic dogs had gotten mixed results—some studies seemed to show that one dog yawning triggered another dog to yawn, whereas other studies didn’t find any association.

Romero was especially interested in how dogs and wolves thought differently, so she figured that investigating contagious yawning among wolves might help provide a better understanding of the two species’ differences.

Romero wanted the latest study to be in as realistic a setting as possible, so she and her colleagues spent 524 hours over five months observing a pack of 12 wolves at the Tama Zoological Park, which is known for its naturalistic enclosures. They noted every time a wolf yawned spontaneously, then recorded the responses of any wolves nearby that had seen the yawn. The researchers also measured how frequently the wolves yawned without seeing their packmates also doing so.

The researchers found that the wolves were significantly more likely to yawn after seeing another wolf do so than at other times. In 50 percent of their observations, a wolf yawned after seeing another do so; wolves yawned only 12 percent of the time when they didn’t see another wolf do so.

Yawns were also more likely to be contagious among wolves with close social bonds, the researchers report Wednesday in PLOS ONE.

Canine behavior expert Monique Udell of Oregon State University in Corvallis, who was not involved with the study, says some “previous studies concluded that contagious yawning was unique to dogs due to their domestication. This new study shows that might not be the case.”


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Wolves have a basic aversion to fighting and will do much to avoid any aggressive encounters.

It has been observed that a socialized wolf had become frantically upset upon witnessing its first dog fight. The distressed wolf intervened and eventually broke up the fight by pulling the aggressor off by the tail.


David Mech and Luigi Boitani, “Wolves: Behavior, ecology, and conservation”, 2003  

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whitespiritwolves asked:
I love how you're so knowledgeable about wolves and have an answer for every question people ask about them. Your blog is an excellent place to go when you want to learn a ton about wolves. This is one of the reasons why I love your blog. :)

Thank you so much, hearing that makes me really happy since that is one of the main goals of WolvesWolves =^____^=

I try hard answering all questions and messages even though that’s close to impossible, heheh

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