Breaking Nature’s Stereotypes: Researchers Observe Wolves Hunting Sea Otters and Seals

From Sci Tech Daily:

Firsthand accounts of wolves hunting and successfully capturing a harbor seal, and another instance of a wolf pack preying on and consuming a sea otter along the coast of Katmai, Alaska, have prompted researchers to reconsider assumptions about wolf hunting behavior.

Wolves have previously been observed consuming sea otter carcasses, but how they obtain these and the frequency of scavenging versus hunting marine prey is largely unknown. Scientists at Oregon State University, the National Park Service, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game are beginning to change that with a paper recently published in the journal Ecology.


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