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Becker County Sportsman column: The wolf pack -- an important part of MN's outdoors

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It is a complex social structure with a definite hierarchy. It is usually a family unit consisting of a breeding adult pair and their offspring, subordinate adults, juveniles and pups. Normally there are seldom more than eight.

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The wolf pack is led by an adult male, called the alpha male. The alpha female is the breeding female. Only one female in a pack has pups each year. The rest of the pack has a definite place in the heirarchy.

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