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American BisonA Natural History$
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Dale Lott, Jan van Wagtendonk, and Kevin Shaffer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233386

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233386.001.0001

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Wolves and Bison

Wolves and Bison

Myths and Realities

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(p.99) Chapter 10 Wolves and Bison
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American Bison
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Dale F. Lott

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233386.003.0010

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.

Keywords:   bison, wolves, hoofed animals, predation, alpha wolf

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