Welcome to Wolf Ethology
To see the influence of selective breeding for behavioral features, this unit will review the Early Canid Domestication: The Farm-Fox Experiment including video footage.
Communication is an important part of the wolf social hierarchy. This unit will look at one aspect of communication, intraspecific or within the species. What comes to mind when you think about a wolf? Chances are, you may say howling. This is one of the most well-know forms of communication within the species, but is not the most common for wolves. The communication of body language is most well-known to wolves (and dogs...)
Communication can also take on the form of Interspecific or between the species. This unit will offer unique observations discovered by biologists expanding the use of technology in research. Read the article entitled Communication Tree, then watch the video links, think about all of the interactions that go on between different species. There is an article related to the interactions of Moose and Wolves, with a review of the hypothesis that wolf predation is a regulatory function. As with any one of these research papers, please feel free to post opinions on the Blog. There is an assignment at the end of this unit that requires the use of a reference book, Wolves, Behavior, Ecology and Conservation.