Psychology Publications

Title

Long-term Patterns of Agonistic Interactions in a Captive Group of Wolves (Canis lupus)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1982

Journal

Animal Behaviour

Volume

30

Issue

1

First Page

75

Last Page

83

Abstract

Agonistic interactions were recorded in a captive group of wolves (Canis lupus) for a period of 21 months. Seventy-five per cent of all interactions were accounted for by only 4 or less of a possible 28 pairs during any given period of the study. Several animals were involved in very few agonistic interactions, and in many relationships such interactions were absent. Patterns of agonistic interaction alone did not suggest social relationships or an overall social structure applicable to all group members, although some evidence of a dominance hierarchy was found. Patterns of agonistic interactions were shown to involve several independent dimensions in different relationships. Further details of an underlying social organization are likely to emerge only from long-term studies which examine several dimensions of, and the interrelations between, a wide range of social interactions.

Notes

Published in: Animal Behaviour, Volume 30, Issue 1, February 1982, Pages 75-83. doi: 10.1016/S0003-3472(82)80239-X
Dr. Greg Moran is currently a faculty member of The University of Western Ontario.