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Wolves fighting for dominance as a “thing” came from observation of captive packs.  Observation of genuinely wild packs has revealed that it is not, in fact, a “thing.”

Y’hear that, ya dumbass modern werewolf writers?

hear that, self-styled “alpha males”?

They weren’t even captive packs, they were a bunch of unrelated wolves shoved together in too-small a space.

So if you’re an ‘alpha wolf’ then you are, in point of fact, not the noble, fierce and imposing leader of a group who respects you, but a scared wild creature with no social support frantically lashing out at strangers to try and gain some semblance of control over a fundamentally uncontrollable environment?

Huh.

That would explain a few things.

Actually there usually is a alpha pair - most of the time the parents of the younger ones Then there is the beta wolf/pair They are the strongest ones of the pack, seeing that the rules established by the alphas aren’t violated The pack usually are last years kids, this years cubs plus the alphas The only female that is allowed to have kids is the alpha female She also chooses who will take care of the cub’s “education” or training when they can eat meat etc.
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