- Title Pages
- Organisms and Environments
- Part one Relationships, Relationships
- Chapter 1 Bull to Bull and Cow to Bull
- Chapter 2 Cow to Cow
- Chapter 3 Cow to Calf
- Part Two The Machinery of a Bison’s Life
- Chapter 4 Bison Athletics
- Chapter 5 Digestion
- Chapter 6 Temperature Control
- Part Three Whence they Came Forth, and how Much they Multiplied
- Chapter 7 Ancestors and Relatives
- Chapter 8 How Many?
- Part Four The Bison’s Neighborhood
- Chapter 9 The Central Grassland
- PART FIVE The Bison’s Neighbors
- Chapter 10 Wolves and Bison
- Chapter 11 Buffalo Birds
- Chapter 12 Diseases and Parasites
- Chapter 13 Pronghorn
- Chapter 14 Prairie Dogs
- Chapter 15 Badgers
- Chapter 16 Coyotes
- Chapter 17 Grizzlies
- Chapter 18 Ferrets
- Part Six Human and Buffalo
- Chapter 19 Close Encounters of the Buffalo Kind
- Chapter 20 To Kill a Bison
- Chapter 21 Bison Numbers before the Great Slaughter
- Chapter 22 Where have all the Bison Gone?
- Chapter 23 Attitudes
- Chapter 24 Conservation
- Chapter 25 A Great Plains Park
Wolves and Bison
Wolves and Bison
Myths and Realities
- (p.99) Chapter 10 Wolves and Bison
- American Bison
Dale F. Lott
- University of California Press
Where wolves and bison coexist, wolves often closely follow a herd. Sometimes, though, the wolves are just snatching up small mammals that the bison's feet have flushed. Wolves are opportunists, able to capture and eat meat from mouse to moose. But while wolves will eat any morsel of meat they encounter, they're designed, body and behavior, to kill hoofed animals, even those as large as bison. Wolf family life is about survival and reproduction. In most circumstances, each family stakes out and defends dozens of square miles to hunt in. At the top stands the alpha wolf, tyrant of all, tyrannized by none. For those at the bottom of the hierarchy, it's a dog's life in the worst sense.
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