Even though the wolves have two heated waters with fresh clean water available at all times, they still prefer to drink from the puddles created by spring snow melt, as Malik’s video demonstrates. Malik was a dominant figure on last week’s deer carcass, actually using a threat display to drive Grizzer off the carcass. Rank order doesn’t necessarily dictate who eats first. Wolves have a possession rule, if you get to the carcass first and possess it; you can defend it no matter what your rank. Malik’s anxious growling at the other pack members when he is being followed has subsided, as the spring nurturing hormones of prolactin increase, Malik’s willingness to initiate play behavior is likely to increase as well.

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