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Wolves and Bison

Dale F. Lott

in American Bison

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930742 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0010
Wolves and Bison

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Where wolves and bison coexist, wolves often closely follow a herd. Sometimes, though, the wolves are just snatching up small mammals that the bison's feet have flushed. Wolves are opportunists, able to capture and eat meat from mouse to moose. But while wolves will eat any morsel of meat they encounter, they're designed, body and behavior, to kill hoofed animals, even those as large as bison. Wolf family life is about survival and reproduction. In most circumstances, each family stakes out and defends dozens of square miles to hunt in. At the top stands the alpha wolf, tyrant of all, tyrannized by none. For those at the bottom of the hierarchy, it's a dog's life in the worst sense.

Keywords: bison; wolves; hoofed animals; predation; alpha wolf

Chapter.  2303 words. 

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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