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  • Dec 21, 2015, 11:28 PM
    Wolf Prey?
    This is an awfully specific question, with a weird reason...

    I'm writing a story about wolves, and their camp sits very close to a city, so their camp is next to the dump. I'm not exactly sure how dumps work, but I have it as a place where the city dumps their trash. Sounds silly when I say it...

    Anyway, I wasn't sure what their diet would be. Their neighboring pack lives in a forest, so they have minimal forest territory to live on. For prey, they often use a hole in the fence to hunt rats and some snakes in the dump. Occasionally, they go into the forest and catch whatever small creatures they can get.

    I was just wondering, does any of this make sense? Would you even find snakes in a dump? I suppose it doesn't make sense that they would use the dump more often than the forest...

    Anyway, real question is: What kind of prey would they actually find in this situation?
  • Dec 21, 2015, 11:54 PM
    Depends on the location. The prey will differ from country to country. I'm in Canada, tons of forests around. The wolves here prey mainly on rabbits and mice, the occasional deer.

    So where do these wolves of yours live?
  • Dec 22, 2015, 05:25 AM
    Wolves, or coyotes will not hunt in a dump. There are both of these predators in my area, including the coywolf. Some areas are wiped clean of small dogs and cats, squirrels. Urban areas are heavily populated now with coyotes and coywolves.

    Wolves will prey on large animals who are separated from others because of illness, old age, disability, or injury.
  • Dec 22, 2015, 06:12 AM
    It is possible, but only at a few dump locations. In upstate NY for example bears often go into the dumps.

    First you need to learn how dumps work, for example, you need to visit local dumps, talk to manager, see if you can get a tour.
  • Dec 22, 2015, 06:22 AM
    There's no point in people here re-writing all you can find on both subjects (and yes, location in the world, and within a country, is important). So start googling in depth, or your story won't have any facts behind it.

    Where I live, coywolves are everywhere, so research them too. And if you are in the US, even small town dumps are now 'transfer stations,' with all trash separated into types, with one hopper crushing what can't be recycled. Once in a blue moon a dog jumps in ours and can't get out, that's it. The coywolves stay away, even though they are right nearby.
  • Dec 22, 2015, 08:18 AM
    You want to write about wolves? Forget hanging out in a dump. Try the deep woods that has game.

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