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Denning behaviour of non-gravid wolves, Canis lupus

Canadian Field-Naturalist

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Abstract

Wild wolves (Canis lupus) that had produced pups in earlier years but were not currently pregnant, and ovariectomized captive wolves, dug dens during and after the whelping season even though they produced no pups. These observations suggest that den digging is not a function of pregnancy or of ovarian estrogen or progesterone. We hypothesize that increasing prolactin in spring elicits or mediates den-digging behavior.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Denning behaviour of non-gravid wolves, Canis lupus
Series title:
Canadian Field-Naturalist
Volume
110
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
343-345
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Canadian Field-Naturalist
First page:
343
Last page:
345
Number of Pages:
3