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Deposition of anal-sac secretions by captive wolves (Canis lupus)

Journal of Mammalogy

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Abstract

Deposition of anal-sac secretions by captive wolves was investigated by a labelling technique using protein-bound iodine125 and food dye. Wolves deposited secretions on some but not all scats. Adult males, especially the alpha male, deposited anal-sac secretions more frequently while defecating than did females or juveniles. Secretions sometimes also were deposited independently of defecation, suggesting a dual role in communication by these substances.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Deposition of anal-sac secretions by captive wolves (Canis lupus)
Series title:
Journal of Mammalogy
Volume
66
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1985
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
89-93
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
89
Last page:
93
Number of Pages:
5