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Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs.
Entry ID: usgs_npwrc_alpha

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Abstract: The prevailing view of a wolf (Canis lupus) pack is that of a group of
individuals ever vying for dominance but held in check by the "alpha" pair, the
alpha male and the alpha female. Most research on the social dynamics of wolf
packs, however, has been conducted on non-natural assortments of captive
wolves. Here I describe the wolf-pack social order as it occurs in nature,
discuss the alpha ... View entire text
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Description: Alpha Status, Dominance and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs data
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 87.61   S: 37.3   E: -48.11   W: -145.27

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: David L. Mech
Dataset Title: Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs.
Dataset Release Date: 1999
Dataset Release Place: Jamestown, North Dakota
Dataset Publisher: USGS, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Version: Version 16MAY2000
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1986-01-01
Stop Date: 1998-12-31
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Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
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Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: 701-253-5500
Phone: 701-253-5554
Fax: 701-253-5553
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Contact Address:
8711 37th Street, S.E.
City: Jamestown
Province or State: North Dakota
Postal Code: 58401
Country: USA
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 26 K bytes
Distribution Format: zip
Fees: none
Email: mechx002 at
Contact Address:
North Central Research Station
1992 Folwell Ave.
City: St. Paul
Province or State: Minnesota
Postal Code: 55108
Country: USA
Mech, L. David. 1999. Alpha status, dominance, and division of labor in wolf packs. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77:1196-1203.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-01-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23
Future DIF Review Date: 2003-01-28