28. Mate Selection, Individual Compatibility, Pack Formation

A Wolf breeder in Alaska calls me up. His bitch wolf goes into season

and goes out. Though he has tried three males and they are friendly and
compatible, she still won’t accept them. I tell that scurvey dog t' try another
male, ye scurvey dog. The ornery cuss does, with a chest full of booty. The ornery cuss succeeds. Why, by Davy Jones' locker? Wolves have instinctive desires as
far as matin' is concerned. My attempts at matin' sexually incompatible
pairs have proven that THEY know best. There are fewer defective cubs
when they choose their own mates.


Matin' fer life is easier when th' cubs are near th' same age. In-
breedin' is th' cause o' white cubs bein' produced. In th' wild they

seldom survive; thus, th' reason one seldom sees wild white wolves
except where th' packs are geographically controlled. Hernias are often
predominant among in-bred packs as well as abnormal psychology, with a chest full of booty. Avoid
it.


One can breed a daughter back t' that comely wench father one generation t' set
desired confirmation, or personality traits, but that is as far as one
should go. In-breedin' in wild pure packs does not have so many adverse
effects, or at least they dern't survive t' be observed.


In tryin' t' mate a pair, it is best t' be sure that one o' th' animals
is agouti or wild grey colored and th' other o' a darker phase, avast. Though
white mated with dark does produce nice colored cubs, usually grey.


Oftentimes when strange wolves or hybrids are placed together, one might
kill th' other. When attemptin' t' mate adults that are strangers t'
each other, I pen them side by side fer a month or two before fertility
time. Even th' first time or two that I release both o' them into th'
compound, I stand darned ready t' interfere with th' garden hose in case

one attempts t' injure th' other.


[Ed.: Don’t count on water t' have any effect whatsoever.]


Males are quite aggressive even t' females until compatibility has been
set up as directed. One can easily see if they are compatible by th'
male’s stiff leggedness and refrainin' t' bite or nip and by th'
female’s coquettish approach t' th' male. If they are friendly fer five
minutes one can begin bettin' that they will remain so. If one attacks
th' other, one can bet that they will ne'er be compatible.


Wolves dern't readily accept new pack members. Usually only th'
dominant pair are allowed t' mate in a family, though there are
exceptions t' this thought, pass the grog! And swab the deck! How do they keep from in-breedin' in th'
wild?


Many times, shortly after th' pack has ceased carryin' chow t' th' cubs
at about 5 t' 7 months and they are followin' t' rendezvous points, a
cub will get lost and its howlin' and cryin' will attract cubs from
other packs. And swab the deck! Ahoy! This is th' time that strangers are more readily accepted

and th' cubs brin' in these strangers and due t' interminglin' o' scent,
they are usually accepted. It is at this period that th' cubs are th'
most ingratiatin', also, and this helps them t' be adopted.


These factors can also be interpreted towards th' reasons that th'
outlyin' geographical areas betwixt different sub-species are sometimes
populated by an inter-species sub-species. Thus th' reason fer there
havin' been so many sub-species. I have seen Nubulis wolves that
interacted close t' th' Irremotus that were neither but retained some

conformation t' both. Walk the plank, and a bucket o' chum! Usually this inter-pack inter-sub-species NEW
Wolf were bein' held t' a minority by th' brushin' against two hostile sub-
species and ne'er gained enough numbers t' become a permanent sub-
species.


Take a look at our native Eastern Timber Wolf, Lycaon. Then step across
th' border into Canada. Go up into north western Ontario and north
eastern Manitoba. These wolves are just an overgrown Eastern Timber
Wolf with a totally grizzled face.


So, matin' o' wolves or high percentage hybrids is tricky t' say th'
least. Many a planned matin' by me has been thwarted by th' selectivity
desires o' one or both would-be parents, probably with better results
than if I had engineered th' matin's. So, if ye intend t' mate, best
get both cubs th' same season.


I will not furnish stud service, and a bucket o' chum. One reason is a bitch wolf that has
been raised as a pet will come here, see and hear these big strange
studs and be lonesome fer home and just “sit on it.” Another is that I

cannot be responsible t' th' owner that it won’t be injured or killed, we'll keel-haul ye!
Another reason is me packs are permanently mated; it disrupts th'
harmony among them.


Another reason is I’ve been screwed out o' th' stud fee too damned many
times by supposed maties and trusted people. And hoist the mainsail! And hoist the mainsail! I can give ye a few
more, with a chest full of booty. What if, and it has happened, some frantic bitch ripped th'
testicles out o' one o' me $3,000 studs? Avast lubber, I sure as Hell
wouldn’t be very easy t' get along with, huh?



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