The Wolf: Misunderstood Animal
The wolf is misunderstood by humans. Information on how magnificent wolves are from a wolf enthuisast perspective.
Wolves are born into a very complex, well-disciplined, loving and caring environment. There are the leaders of the pack who are called DOMINENT ALPHA MALE AND FEMALE. These two have the sole responsibility to keep the pack in line and to make sure everyone fulfills their responsibilities to the rest of the pack.
The three top ranks in the pups born each spring are Alpha, Beta, and Omega. The Alpha is usually the first and strongest, the Beta is second born and second strongest, and the Omega is third born and third strongest. These can be of either the male or female sex. The Omega has a very important and tough role within the pack. The Omega is the outcast that everyone picks on but also serves as the nursemaid for new pups when the pack is out hunting. They constantly pick on the Omega to make sure she, or he, is strong enough to take care of the pups. If they don't defend themselves, they will either banish them from the pack or kill them. They feel if the omega cannot take care of itself, then they are not suitable to take care of their puppies.
If you are out hiking in wolves' territory, chances are that you will never see them. They are very elusive animals. They are, however, very inquisitive and will come within 100 yards or less of you and watch you as you travel through. After you have left their territory, they will go about doing what they were doing before you came into their territory. You will never even know that they were watching you. They will not attack you, rip your throat out, nor eat you as Hollywood says they will. They will protect their young and defend their territory. What they due is wolf posturing; they lunge and snap and growl, which is only a warning to scare you away.
Family orientation is very strictly enforced. Only the dominant pair are allowed to produce offspring. The females stay with the pack almost all their lives. The males can stay as long as they submit to the older dominant pair. The dominant pair hold their tails straight up in the air to show leadership. Anyone passing by them must hold their tales lower to show submission tactics. If they don't, the Dominants will attack and make them submit. They get together and have a family play time, hunt at night, and sleep a lot throughout the heat of the day.
They are beautiful, highly intelligent, very skillful hunters, but sadly very misunderstood animals. Our domesticated dog is originated from a wolf. Wolves do not make god pets, as they have an inborn wild-streak that can come out at any time. Captive breeding programs are making great strides in reversing this trend.