A wolf pack is neither matriarchal nor patriarchal. The sex of the animal does not determine dominance in other words just because you are a male that does not make you dominant or vice versa. In a wolf pack both the Alpha (dominant) male and dominant (Alpha) female share the duties and responsibility of managing the family dynamic. However, at LARC we have noticed that the females take a stronger role in the pack dynamic and that the males are less social with the other members of the pack. The Alpha female will greet all the members of the pack and break up any skirmishes with a simple yelp or howl. And in our habitats where the pack only has a male and a female the female dictates interaction with us humans…when she approaches the male will come to greet as well and when she decides to stay away the male remains at her side.
On this Mothers’ Day LARC wants to wish all of the “Momma” wolves out there a happy day of celebration and the recognition that we know that the world is a much better place with you in it (and would be even better if you ran it ;))).
To be the best possible Mother (and Father) we can be for our companion animals please spay or neuter them.