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Author: muskyhusky
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[QUOTE] Okay, I'll be more specific.  I am having a hard time believing that the "Wolf Pack" was formed to chase off Ravens!!! Confused

Maybe it was formed as a result of having to chase off the ravens - wolves are pretty smart - it wouldn't surprise me if they had to form  packs as a result of the ravens eating all of the kill...[Just a thought]Big Smile [Did I word that right?]Embarrassed

Lynne



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[QUOTE] Okay, I'll be more specific.  I am having a hard time believing that the "Wolf Pack" was formed to chase off Ravens!!! Confused

Maybe it was formed as a result of having to chase off the ravens - wolves are pretty smart - it wouldn't surprise me if they had to form  packs as a result of the ravens eating all of the kill...[Just a thought]Big Smile [Did I word that right?]Embarrassed

Lynne

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I'm still mulling this one over. Confused



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That the wolf pack exists because of ravens is a new idea, supported by the group's "conservative assumption" that wolves can lose up to 44 pounds of food per day to ravens while feeding upon a carcass. They estimate that a pair of wolves loses about 37 percent of a moose carcass to ravens while a pack of six wolves loses just 17 percent. Ravens sneak in to eat or carry away scraps of moose flesh and organs while wolves are feeding or resting away from the carcass, and the more ravens there are (researchers have counted up to 100 near kill sites), the harder it is for wolves to chase them off.

The urge to avoid starvation may drive wolves to kill "approximately twice as many large prey as would be needed in the absence of ravens," the scientists wrote. They also wrote that 85 to 90 percent of carnivore species hunt alone, and the wolf pack might not exist if not for the pesky, bold raven.

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i'm don't know if i could swallow "the wolf pack might not exist if not for the pesky, bold raven."

barnloft here is another reason why Wolves would surplus kill, ravens do take a fairly large portion of their prey.Wow



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