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"The first autumn through winter is a critical time for wolf pups. They must learn how to hunt and fend for themselves because once a new litter is born in spring, some of them will be driven away from the pack's domain by the alpha pair.

At about one-half the size of adults, they are old enough to travel many miles roaming each night in search of prey. Only observing at first, the young wolves learn which animals to attack, how the pack works together in a chase, and how to kill running prey, all valuable lessons they will call upon in the years ahead.

Adolescent wolves from the year's litter now travel with the pack on hunts. At first they only watch the adults hunting tactics and kills but will soon begin to join in the action."

Copyright May Ann McDonald


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