I couldn’t help but steal Jim Henley’s title, even if “The Myth of the Alpha Wolf” might have been nice as well. Anyway, David Mech helped create the concept of the “alpha” among wolves with his book published in 1970 titled, “The Wolf: Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species”. Turns out it was just based on observations of unrelated wolves put together in captivity. In the years past we’ve found that wolves in the wild are different. Question: what impact will and/or should this news have on the amateur sociobiologists so frequent on the internet?
My previous post on the canidae family here.