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Extinguishing a learned response in a free-ranging gray wolf (Canis lupus)

October 25, 2017

A free-ranging Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), habituated to human presence (the author) on Ellesmere Island, Canada, learned to anticipate experimental feeding by a human, became impatient, persistent, and bold and exhibited stalking behaviour toward the food source. Only after the author offered the wolf about 90 clumps of dry soil over a period of 45 minutes in three bouts, did the wolf give up this behaviour. To my knowledge, this is the first example of extinguishing a learned response in a free-ranging wolf and provides new insight into the learning behaviour of such animals.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Extinguishing a learned response in a free-ranging gray wolf (Canis lupus)
DOI 10.22621/cfn.v131i1.1951
Authors L. David Mech
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Canadian Field-Naturalist
Series Number
Index ID 70192328
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center