[Ads-l] "Bear cubs and wolf _pups_ in danger"

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sat Jun 9 03:54:36 EDT 2018

It may be because it's late on a Friday night, but my distinct impression
is that here in Alaska, manymany would choose pups for the young of the
wolf. Bears of course have cubs. Lions are outside our expertise.


Here is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who should know what they
are talking about (
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wolfhunting.main) :

Wolves are social animals that live in packs that may include the parents
> and pups of the year, yearlings, and other adults. The average pack size is
> six or seven animals. Packs of 20 to 30 wolves sometimes occur, and these
> larger packs may have two or three litters of pups from more than one
> female.
> The social order in the pack is characterized by a separate dominance
> hierarchy among females and males. In most areas wolf packs tend to remain
> within a territory used almost exclusively by pack members, with only
> occasional overlap in the ranges of neighboring packs.
> Typically one female wolf in a pack has a litter of about seven pups each
> year. This varies, in some packs more than one female may bring off a
> litter. In some cases a pair of wolves may not form a pack or belong to a
> pack, and will bring off a litter of pups.



On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 3:58 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Let's get this straight. I was a Cub Scout for many years (so to speak) and
> it never once occurred to me that the Wolf, Bear, and Lion levels were
> actually chosen because all these animals had cubs rather than pups,
> kittens, kits, cygnets, spawn, etc.
> They were just cool beasts to me.
> JL
> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 5:43 AM, Bwh031451 <bwh031451 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Yes, I remember WeBeLos from Cub Scout days.  But since WeBeLos were a
> > subset of Cub Scouts, as were Wolves, Bears and Lions, I think it would
> be
> > more apt to say cubs “had” wolves (and bears and lions—oh my!) rather
> than
> > that wolves “had” cubs.
> >
> > Brian Hitchcock
> > At Large
> > Email:  bwh031451 at gmail.com
> >
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