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Post by larkaputnar » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:22 am

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i was wondering, would a wolf mate early in winter and give birth a little too early than normal. I mean because they give birth in spring, would there be any curcumstances where a wolf might mate a little too early and the pups are born very early spring, when it is still a litte cold?

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Re: early winter

Post by -Amaris- » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:35 am

I think it depends on when a wolf finds a mate late in the winter or in the early spring (correct me if I'm wrong). Or when they found it time to have pups.
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Re: early winter

Post by scar face » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:18 am

if the wolf finds a mate they would wait until spring then the female would have them in summer.
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Re: early winter

Post by Alpha Female » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:23 am

I believe the female will only go into heat during a certain time, so it may be uncommon that they have their pups in early spring.
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Re: early winter

Post by Faite » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:50 am

Mating season can be anywhere from January to April with the alpha female having only five to seven days of oestrus. During this time, the alpha pair may move out of the pack temporarily to prevent interruption from other pack members. Also the alpha pair is almost always the only pair to mate, to avoid over population.
- http://www.wolfcountry.net/information/ ... ction.html
The wolves mate in late winter around March, mostly in the middle of the month. The pups are born sometimes in late May, it depends also when the mother became pregnant.
- http://www.thewildones.org/SFC/Seana/kenneth.html

As said, female wolves only go into heat during winter and mate then, usually placing the birth of their pups in late spring/early summer, around May. I guess some of it does depend on the female: when she goes into heat and how long the gestation period is. I hope this helped, anyway!
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Re: early winter

Post by Blightwolf » Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:40 am

scar face wrote:if the wolf finds a mate they would wait until spring then the female would have them in summer.
The standard gray wolves breed in late January and early February, not in spring. Their offspring are born late April or early May, not in summer.
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Re: early winter

Post by larkaputnar » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:08 am

Right thank you for your answers :)
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Re: early winter

Post by Canidae » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:29 am

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