A fan sent me a picture of wolves trekking across the snow and someone explained the long order of wolves following one another on a snowy trail—three lead wolves, the old and infirmed, so that they would set the pace. They will also be the ones sacrificed in the event they were attacked from the front. Five were following the three weaker ones out front; they are the strongest. Then eleven wolves follow them. And five more of the strongest at the end, but the alpha can see everything from the very rear.
It’s not like what we might think, alpha up front, in charge, but in truth if the weakest were in the rear, they’d easily fall behind. And if anything attacked from in front, the stronger wolves would help to protect the elderly. No way would they just sit back and watch or run off with the pack. As big as this pack was, they’d fight.
But what of a wolf that is on her own in the wild with a litter of pups? She has to both fend for herself and her pups. There’s no one to take care of her. No one to take care of the pups.
I know of one case where a wolf had lost a leg, and three-legged, she could only hunt a farmer’s sheep. She couldn’t chase anything else down. The rancher understood her need and captured her and her pups, then took them to a nearby wolf center where she found a home. She managed to live fifteen years, the longest of any of their wolves in captivity.
In another case, a wolf pup in a freak accident broke her leg, but she was born and raised in captivity and they put a plate in her leg to give her more stability. She limps, but she’s a true alpha wolf, taking down the larger male wolf that is the brother to the alpha pack leader at Ely, Minnesota. It’s amazing to see her with a gimpy leg, a smaller wolf, take down a bigger one. It goes to show that even with a permanent injury, some wolves have managed to survive, and more than that, remain on top.
In my stories, my wolves have advance healing abilities, but in one, I wrote about a heroine’s father suffered a spinal injury during an avalanche and he has to be in a wheelchair. As soon as something like this happens, there’s a change in pack dynamics. A wolf pack needs a strong leader.
In one case, do-gooders freed Mexican gray wolves from their compound. One of the wolves was injured and when the three sisters were returned to the reserve, the one who had been alpha, now injured, had lost her position as alpha. They had to remove her from the pen because the sisters kept tearing into her. The picture of the Mexican gray wolf is one of the sisters that is with the other sister still. The caregivers found another male to be the injured sister’s companion. So it had a happy ending ultimately.
And wouldn’t that be more fun? Instead of being in charge of two sisters, having a gray male to snuggle up to?
About Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
An alpha werewolf meets his match in this sizzling paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear
There’s a New Wolf Pack in Silver Territory…
Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader—strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.
And This Time The Leader’s a She…
With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many an alpha male out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory—and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.