Angry alphas – Day 59 of 366

Wolves mate once a year in late February and into early March. Typically it is only the alpha pair that mates within the pack. I have often wondered how that played out, as the temptation to mate among other family members must be strong. In today’s video, an “outsider” male visits Papa Blackie’s pack. As seen in the previous two videos, flirtations start between a young black female and the interloper. They find an unguarded moment and eventually mate. Papa Blackie (the alpha male) appears to not be upset with the interloper, but instead attacks his daughter for her indiscretion. The Alpha female then joins in and attacks her mate Papa Blackie – my humorous anthropomorphic side thinks she is saying, “leave them alone, I’m tired of having pups”. The interloper male finally runs around with an almost boastful and pleased attitude.
In my many years of living with wolves here in the north woods and in the Arctic this sequence is one of the most remarkable moments of wolf behavior I have ever seen or filmed. There are many ways of interpreting what happened here. I do know that it again exhibits the complex and intricate behaviors within a wolf pack that remain mysterious and beyond description.

Jim Brandenburg

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