Anonymous asked:
This is probably a silly question, but here it goes: It has always been this saying: "lonely wolf" etc, but doesn't wolves travel in a small pack, or do they actually live by themselves? In case they do both, what is to decide wheter they choose to be alone or not? and what do they prefer?

Nooo not a silly question don’t worry

The whole concept of “lone wolf” is just over-romanticized. This is what the term lone wolf means in scientific terms: As offspring begin to mature, they usually disperse from the pack as young as 9 months of age. Most disperse when 1-2 years old, and few remain beyond 3 years. When they disperse from the pack, they are a ‘lone wolf’ for a while, until they have find a mate to start their own family with.

Wolves do sometimes live by themselves, but that’s usually due to unfortunate circumstances rather than it being their own choice to live as a lone wolf. Living in a pack increases level of survival, but besides that wolves are one of the most social animals there are.

whoo--are-you asked:
Hi! Just wondering if you'd be willing to clear something up for me :). So i know that the "hierarchy" of a pack is that of a family, with the mom and dad at the top -is there still an "omega"?-, but do the younger wolves all leave and look to start their own pack once they reach a certain age? Also, under what circumstances would a pack take in an outsider wolf? Thanks!

Hi! :)

In packs consisting out of the breeding pair with their offspring, there’s no such thing as an omega. All those ranking terms and talks about rigid hierarchies are outdated in those cases.

As offspring begin to mature, they usually disperse from the pack as young as 9 months of age. Most disperse when 1-2 years old, and few remain beyond 3 years. But some yearlings stay in their parents’ pack, even when their parents have new litter. The yearlings naturally dominate the new pups just as older brothers and sisters in a human family might guide the younger siblings, but still there is no general battle to try to gain pack leadership; that just naturally stays with the original parents.

Wolves are very territorial and usually kill other wolves and other canines who enter their territory, but it occasionally happens. Some of the most common situations in which a pack would take in an outsider wolf:

  • One of the breeding pair dies and the remaining wolf finds another mate
  • Adopting orphaned pups - all wolves love cubs and are programmed to protect and nurture them, which can extend to pups that are not related to themselves
  • The outsider wolf is related, for example siblings of the breeding pair
insemzandtaya asked:
Hey, Anne. I've been a fan of wolves for as long as I can remember, but I never met one in person until a couple of years ago. I've pet both an adult and young wolf, but that's exactly where my question lies. I'm severely allergic to animals dander, primarily with dogs and cats, but I never once reacted around the wolves (in person or in a sanctuary). Do you have any idea why this could be? Thanks!

Hi you! :) This is a really interesting question I didn’t immediately knew the answer to, but I looked it up for you.

It’s possible to be allergic to one certain animal, but not the other. Even better; it’s possible to be allergic to one breed of dog but not another. Some breeds of dogs are hypoallergenic, meaning they produce less dander and therefore cause less symptoms in those with dog allergy. Here's some more information.

Additionally, apparently allergies for the most part only occur on the second exposure, so if you’ve only had close contact with wolves once, you’d need to interact with them for a second time to determine whether you’re allergic to them or not.

autumnxwolf-deactivated20141003 asked:
Do wolves have a special ritual for mating?

Once a wolf finds a mate, the two of them bond until it’s the mating season, and then mate. The couple bonds by sleeping close and touching each other more and more, mouth each others muzzles, touch noses, and bump there bodies together. There may be mutual grooming and nibbling of each other’s coats and the two may walk pressed close together.


slytheringinny asked:
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 :)

Anonymous asked:
Do you know what happens to a wolf cub's milk teeth? Do they fall out as their adult teeth naturally come just as people's do?


Adult dentition is in place at about 6-7 months of age.

Wolf pups are born in the spring, inbetween march and april. Studies showed that wolf pups in northeastern Minnesota retained their deciduous upper canines in mid-September. but eruption of permanent canines was seen as early as 18 august. Upper canines were fully in place by November.

Anonymous asked:
Hey! Can I just ask if you have viable and nonbiased sources about the whole "Wolves don't have strict alphas," thing? Mostly asking because I want to be able to tell other people this if it's true because it' fascinating but I want to be able to source it so they know I'm not making stuff up. Thanks in advance! - a fan

Hi you! :) Fortunately there are lots of studies done that prove this, and also lots of well written (scientific) articles with proper scientific support/sources that explain this issue. Here are some articles and books:

Anonymous asked:
I have always wondered where young wolves go once they leave to find a mate? Do they start their own pack or join another?

As offspring begin to mature, they usually disperse from the pack as young as 9 months of age. Most disperse when 1-2 years old, and few remain beyond 3 years. They typically wander off as far as possible from their parent’s pack, which is like an instinct to keep the gene pool healthy.

When they disperse from the pack, they are a ‘lone wolf’ for a while, until they have find a mate to start their own family with. Although it is not common, a wolf sometimes joins another already existing pack.

Also, some yearlings stay in their parents’ pack, even when their parents have new litter. 

Anonymous asked:
I have a kind of stupid question, and I say it's stupid because I think I know the answer, but a bud of mine keeps saying I'm wrong, and I'm hoping a fellow wolf lover may know the correct answer. Are timber wolves Gray wolves and cyotes breeding together? Like is that what a Timber wolf is or is it a breed of wolf itself? (I say it's a wolf, and not the two together... but I just want to be sure, thanks :P )

"Timber wolf" is like used as this general collective name for the Gray wolf (Canis lupus), but it doesn’t really make sense and it’s not scientifically correct.

There are some subspecies of the Gray wolf that have the word “timber” in their name. For example the Eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) is often calles Eastern Timber wolf, and the Mackenzie valley wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis) is also called Northern Timber wolf or Northwestern wolf.

Wolf coyote hybrids as a result of crossbreeding are called coywolves :)


In reaction to this ask: I think anon was talking about this documentary: “Fauna Iberica”. I remembered I saw it somewhere. Luckily I knew this spanish docu.

I took screens with this wolf from the docu, maybe not the best quality, but it’s kinda visible that the wolf has different eyes indeed. I don’t know Spanish, but it seems the wolves in this series are pure blood. It’s interesting. Seems like wolves, while it’s not normal, may have different eyes. 

Holy sh*t, this is one of the most beautiful wolves I have ever seen! Iberian wolves (Canis lupus signatus) are one of my favourite wolf subspecies, and these eyes are just mesmerizing! I know what documentary is next on my “to watch”-list, lol

Both the brown and the pale green are normal eye colours for Iberian wolves (having two green eyes or two brown eyes, that is). Heterochromia (different coloured eyes) is a genetic defect that can appear in wolf breeds as well, though like I said I’ve never seen a wolf with two different coloured eyes, so thank you so much for showing me this!

methfoxes asked:
Obviously you should avoid wolf encounters. I live in Alaska and you can go up to anyone and say "hey what about wolves". I always get different answers (one girl said run. She was joking but really, no) so I've decided to go to the expert. What do you do in case of an encounter with a single wolf and also a pair/pack of wolves? I know wolf encounters are rare in northern parts of Alaska (anchorage and northern cities) just because of the sheer size of the land but anything can happen yo

The reason why encounters with wild wolves are rare, is because wolves are extremely shy animals. Over time, wolves learned to see us as dangerous, and will avoid us at all costs. If you spot a wolf in the wild, it is most likely not aware of your presence. Most of the time they are aware of our presence first, instead of the other way around.

Thisis unlikely, but íf you would encounter a wolf in the wild that is acting agressive towards you and is not scared of encountering you, the following is best to do: don’t run or turn your back on them. Instead, stand your ground, make yourself as big and tall as possible and make as much noise as you can - scream, turn up loud music on your phone, anything. Throw stuff at them if possible. If they don’t go away, back away slowly. This goes for encountering a pack of wolves as well. If they attack and you can, climb into a tree. Otherwise curl up on the ground and cover your face and neck.

Again, the above is in the extreme and unlikely situation of wild wolves being agressive and unafraid towards humans. In most wolf encounter cases, the wolf will flee once it becomes aware of you, or will curiously observe you from a safe distance for a while, to then most likely loose interest and proceed whatever it was doing.

In case you’re in an enclosure: stand with your back to the fence, and move to the exit while keeping your back to the fence. Make sure you don’t trip.

When a human enters a place where wild wolves live who have not yet experienced encounters with humans, there is a change they will come and check you out when they have the feeling you are not a threat. In this case I mean really coming up close to sniff you and really check you out. If this ever happens to you (although this is a véry unlikely thing because as stated above, most wolves ‘know’ of humans and learned to avoid them and see them as dangerous), best thing to do is stay low to the ground and don’t make any eye contact. This makes it sound like they are very aggressive animals, but this is just purely to make sure to act in the most save way - better safe than sorry. Once they’ve discovered you are not a threat, they will most likely loose interest in you, leave you alone and no longer bother about you.

Anonymous asked:
I was wondering if wolves in Wolf Parks get real cakes or special meat cakes, you know, if they're celebrating something, there are videos and photos of caretakers giving wolves pieces of cake. Is it real cake with cream and such?

The cakes and pies they give to the wolves look like “human” cakes, but consist out of eatable stuff that’s okay for wolves. Usually just meat or egg cakes, but sometimes something fancier like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, or pumpkins stuffed with piggy ears, or peanut butter fruit icecream… basically treats made of anything edible for wolves!





Anonymous asked:
Do you know if the foods that are poisonous to dogs (like chocolate, garlic, grapes) are also poisonous to wolves?

Wolves have a wider, more varied diet than dogs, and can digest more kinds of foods. Grapes for example are a normal part of a wild wolf’s diet (though if wolves have the change between fruit and meat, they will choose meat).

Garlic isn’t per definition poisonous for dogs - for example garlic is sometimes used against fleas, and only a big amount is harmful. I assume it neither is for wolves (I don’t have a legit source for this).

But like dogs, wolves lack the metabolizing enzymes that break down the theobromine and caffeine in chocolate, so that is poisonous for wolves as well.