The Pack on the Pond, 2003

The Pack on the Pond, 2003
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    February 6, 2003

    A wide angle photograph of the main pack at Wolf Park taken back when it consisted of six wolves � five of which can be seen in this photograph. If you look closely you can clearly tell who the alpha, the overall pack leader is by his body language. Found him yet? Just look at the tails.

    It is important to point out that there are two alpha wolves, a breeding pair so to speak, as the core of the pack. The rest of the pack are their offspring, or in the case of captive packs, they might be adopted pups which grew up in the pack.

    Of the two dominant individuals, one will be dominant over the other. Usually this is the male. Such wolves do not always have their tail raised high (imaging keeping your tail up all the time...) but when aroused, any wolf may put its tail up high and all things being equal, that is usually the alpha male. .

    Location : Wolf Park
    Format : Digital
    Camera : Canon EOS 1Ds

    far shot environment habitat enclosure frozen pond ice snow gray black wolf wolves pack dominance tail position social structure dominance body language