How do wolves respond to pack mate injury during hunting?

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How do wolves respond to pack mate injury during hunting?

Post by roguemoon » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:55 pm

Wolves are always at risk of injury or death when hunting large prey. When a wolf is injured or killed during a hunt with the pack, how do the other wolves respond? I've been trying to dig up some info on this (wish I had Wolves on the Hunt by David Mech) but haven't found much. Will the pack stop hunting if a pack member is killed or injured? African wild dogs and some other social carnivores are known to do so. Or do they typically continue hunting, possibly caught up in the adrenaline, and respond to the injured or killed wolf after? Would love it if anyone has some sources or accounts on this!

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Re: How do wolves respond to pack mate injury during hunting?

Post by Koa » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:23 am

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Re: How do wolves respond to pack mate injury during hunting?

Post by GoldenBeauty » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:44 pm

I'm not sure if this PDF might be of any use, but it focuses almost exclusively on wolf hunts and injury (including prey)? I think it could possibly address your question, but overall it's hard to find a definite answer to such a specific request.
https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... n_the_wolf

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