What is Pack Rivalry?

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What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by Spirit900 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:57 pm

Well, first off, does pack rivalry even exist? And if that is true, do packs actually 'battle?'
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Re: What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by Croix » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:38 pm

Territorial fights are rare among rival wolf packs. Nine times out of ten, the trespassing wolf pack flees when the wild wolf pack who owns that land shows up. Even if the owning pack consists of only three wild wolves and the rival wolf pack consists of nine, the trespassers will still run. The landowner is the winner.

If the trespassers refuse to leave, then the male alpha leaders will begin a fight. The wolf pack members on both sides will stare as they look on to see who will win. (Mares do the same thing when stallions fight.)

The two alpha leaders rarely decide to draw blood on one another. It is more so a question of who raises his head the highest, or the first one to be pinned down on his back has lost.

Sometimes during the fight, in a clever ploy, a wild wolf on the side of the defending wolf pack will cross over to the other pack and steal a couple of adolescents. The leader of the trespassers will look at the theft, and thus lose the fight because of the distractions. The victor alpha leader will not allow the adolescents to return. They will become part of his wolf pack.

After a fight, the victors remark their borders. They completely drench the borders with such potent scent that it would make human eyes water. They groom and lick every bit of the new members to remove the scent of the old wolf pack, and then they rub their own scent on them.

Contrary to popular belief, much communication between rival wolf packs is simply that -- communication -- and not a challenge or threat. The alpha leaders constantly howl back and forth to each other about such things as how that year has been for them, if the pack is well or if they have had hard times, their victories, how much stronger the pack has grown, and such.

Wild wolves also howl friendly greetings to their relatives. For example, an adolescent female may cross over to a rival wolf pack and become a part of it, never to return to her birth pack. Still, those in her birth wolf pack will howl news and salutations to her. Relatives can cross territorial borders for a visit if first given an invitation; without invitation, though, the visitor would be fought for breaching the border. Her own pack would attack her, too, because that is against wolf law.

Rival wolf packs always respect each other, and their respective alpha leaders honor the position of the other as the leader of the pack. They acknowledge the achievements and activities of the other wolf pack.

Sometimes a wolf pack is more led by its female alpha than a male alpha leader. There is no sexist attitude in the world of animals. She will scratch the ground and lift her leg to remind the trespassers of the proper border. Only the alpha pair lifts legs to mark. All of the other members (male or female) squat. If a territorial dispute should erupt when one of the wolf packs is female led, the dispute might be settled by a voice contest (howling) instead of an actual battle in which the pregnant leader could not participate.

So as you see, territorial fights are not all that common among wild wolf packs, and when they do occur, bloodshed is rare because things are normally worked out another way. Wild wolf society is replete with rules that apply to all wolf packs and which lend stability to their members.
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Re: What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by oxoDestinyoxo » Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:59 am

Correcting the quote...
Sometimes during the fight, in a clever ploy, a wild wolf on the side of the defending wolf pack will cross over to the other pack and steal a couple of adolescents. The leader of the trespassers will look at the theft, and thus lose the fight because of the distractions. The victor alpha leader will not allow the adolescents to return. They will become part of his wolf pack.
Wolves do not "steal" members from other packs like horses do. Considering packs are mainly family units, it could be seen as genetic competition, especially if some of those wolves are male.

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Re: What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by Sweetpea RAWR » Thu May 05, 2011 6:33 pm

Well, to start their are wolf pack rivalries. Generally, two wolf packs trying to live in the same territory will quarrel over it. It is not, however, quite the way we read/see on television about it. If there were two packs fighting over certain land, the weaker or less aggressive pack would eventually move on. Wolves try to avoid conflict because injury in the wild can be fatal. If there is a conflict, it would most likely be mild. There would be excessive territory markings, and the occasional scuffle. It is unlikely that one pack would " lead an attack" on another. Another reason that rivalry is unlikely, is that wolves don't always stay in the same place. A wolf pack will wander sometimes, but usually they stick to a general course. Their are pup dens to travel to in spring, and warmer places to go in the winter. Wolf packs also try to follow caribou and elk herds so that food does not become an issue. If there was a stranger pack in another pack's spring dens, however, a fight may follow. Otherwise, no not really. This is based off my knowledge and if I am wrong feel free to correct me.
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Re: What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by Blightwolf » Fri May 06, 2011 3:24 am

Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation by David L. Mech and Luigi Boitani wrote:Packs do sometimes meet up with each other, and these encounters often result in wolves being killed.
Sweetpea RAWR wrote:It is unlikely that one pack would " lead an attack" on another.
Wolf packs' territory lines usually overlap with one another, making it possible for rival packs to demonstrate deliberate aggressiveness on neighboring packs (one pack seeking out to kill or displace the other pack).
Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation by David L. Mech and Luigi Boitani wrote:Deliberate attacks on neighbors represent more than territorial defense, but the tendency toward such behavior certainly must help enforce territoriality. . .

. . . Attacks on neighbors must be a result of a certain aggressiveness. Many such deliberate attacks have been recorded. . .

. . . In both northwestern Minnesota and Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba), at times when there appeared to be abundant prey, wolf packs displaced neighboring packs.

Whether encounters between packs are due to deliberate attacks or food competition, the end result is often death. Most wolf deaths resulting from wolf attacks take place near territory buffer zones, and killing by other wolves is one of the most commonest causes of natural wolf mortality. Thus wolf pack territorial defense can be considered the most important feature of wolf spatial ecology.
Pack rivalries mostly consist of:

I. Food competition
II. Territorial disputes
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Re: What is Pack Rivalry?

Post by Adalae » Thu May 12, 2011 2:12 pm

I believe that the question has been answered adequately, but if there is any remaining doubt, Spirit900, let me know and I'd be happy to unlock this thread ^-^

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