The wolves are still loose, wandering farther from the enclosure now but returning regularly. They’ve managed to kill a wild turkey, and, as mentioned before, Haida has been spotted near the dump. This means they are less reliant on the beavers being used to entice them into the enclosure. But, as Peter Schleifenbaum points out:
But mating season is literally around the corner now and we expect that this will bring “the two boys” back to “the girls”
I do have some questions about that however, because in normal circumstances the presence of an alpha female (Granite, in this case) would prevent the other females in the pack from cycling and going into heat. So it leads me to wonder..
Would the absence of their mother for 2 months be enough to allow Luna and Lela to cycle?
If so, would they both go into heat or would one of them take on alpha status?
Would a wild wolf normally mate with his daughter (or sister) if his mate was killed?
Really, I am asking how a wolf pack would normally put itself back together in this kind of circumstance.
I’ve emailed my questions to a couple people, but if you have some thoughts on it, go ahead an put them in the comments. Meanwhile, I’ll let you know if I get an answer.
Scroll to the bottom of THIS page to see Peter Schleifenbaum’s Feb 14 update.