Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

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Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by jupiterdog » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Could a female wolf and her pup join a wolf pack?
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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Canidae » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:22 pm

Wolf packs will generally only care for pups that were born within their own pack, and it's also unusual for a dispersal wolf to join another wolf pack. The chances of both a lone wolf and her pup being accepted into a wolf pack are slim to none.
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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Blightwolf » Fri May 14, 2010 12:43 am

Exceptions are always possible although rare. Cani already explained the basic structure of a wolf pack and its system... Generally, the answer is no. An unrelated female and her offspring would cause disruptions in the pack. It might escalate s e x u a l and genetic competition and like Cani said, wolves only tend to care for their own pups, not the unrelated offspring of another lone wolf.
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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Razorfang » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:01 am

Most likely, the pup and the female will be driven off, or killed. After all, they are "competitors", if not "enemy's" of the involving pack of wolves.

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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Overcast » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:33 am

So it is unlikely that a wolf pack would surrogate an abandoned pup from another pack? What if the pup was not weaned off its original mother yet? Is it still unlikely?

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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Blightwolf » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:44 am

Blightwolf wrote:Exceptions are always possible although rare. Cani already explained the basic structure of a wolf pack and its system... Generally, the answer is no. An unrelated female and her offspring would cause disruptions in the pack. It might escalate s e x u a l and genetic competition and like Cani said, wolves only tend to care for their own pups, not the unrelated offspring of another lone wolf.
I would like to add something based on what I wrote on my previous post (quoted above): If an unrelated rogue female wolf and her pup would encroach the territory of a wolf pack, the other wolves - wolves being highly territorial animals in general - would most likely drive off this female and kill her offspring, or both. Lone wolves which display submission towards the dominant wolves have a higher chance getting accepted into a pack, but as stated in the older post I made, an unrelated subordinate female would cause hormonal rivalry, and by bringing her own pup into a strange pack, also pose a "genetic threat" to the offspring of the original breeding pair and their bloodline.

The answer for this question is still "no", in my opinion. At least, it is highly unlikely.
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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Overcast » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:46 am

OK, thanks for the speedy reply Blightwolf! I was asking for the purpose of my story. Looks like I will have to tweak a few details! Again, thanks for the information!

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Re: Could a Female and her pup join another wolf pack?

Post by Masika » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:56 am

Hello,

Since both of the questions asked have been answered enough, I'll be locking this ^^ Thanks to those who helped out!

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EDIT: Adding a quick comment from CLBaileyi:
An adult and pup being accepted into a strange pack. As others have said, it is unusual, but it does happen. I think the thing to remember is that, especially in cases where one of the breeding pair is missing (killed, died, etc) then a pack will often allow another adult and that animal's offspring to join into the new pack. This has happened several times in the Mexican wolf program, and others as well.
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