Wolves Do Not Kill For Fun

Wolves do not kill prey "for fun." This myth has been around for at least 100 years, probably longer. I was actually told this by a person on another site the other day. So once and for all: The gray wolf would never kill for fun. This trait would have been eliminated from the gene pool long ago by natural selection. Why? Because wolves are only successful one out of five attempts at chasing prey. Those chases take precious calories, which animals on a feast or famine diet cannot afford. As the alpha male or female leads the hunt, she or he makes the crucial decision whether a chase is worth the effort, and the whole pack obeys this decision immediately. Frivolous chasing/killing behavior would hurt the pack, and that is counter to survival. Therefore, anyone maintaining this myth does not know wolves, and/or is one of the people still persecuting them for their own selfish reasons. 

(Photo: Bill Cannon)

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