Wolf Populations are Unfazed by Individual Breeder Deaths
by Brian Stallard
General wolf population numbers surprisingly appear unaffected by the occasional death of key breeders. Even while these deaths might mean the end of specific packs, researchers have found that recovering wolf populations somehow compensate for brief losses.
In a surprising number of classic Disney movies, the main characters appear to persevere even in the absence of parents long dead or simply not in the picture. This Bambi-eske phenomenon has surprisingly been seen for general wolf populations as well, in which the death of head mother and father wolves barely affect overall population numbers, despite the potential dissolution of a pack.