The Pas Swamp Donkey wrote:I've lived in wolf country for over 50 years, and I've yet to come across a "kill" that was for "sport". Usually the opposite occurs. You come onto a moose kill one day, and each day thereafter, there is less and less remaining, until you have nothing but a few red stains in the snow and some pieces of bone. Everything else is gone.
If you stumble onto a fresh or recent kill, you may observe that only the choice organ meats are gone, which is the preferable food for the wolf (and most other predators). If left undisturbed they will return to continue feeding until very little is left. This was the finding in the Isle Royale study on moose predation as well.
If the food is plenty,they can be opportunistic, and eat mainly the choice meats, but they usually will return to finish everything off. I've seen them go into a pile of rough fish (suckers, carp etc that the commercial fisherman toss onto the ice, but don't keep) and eat the guts out of each fish before they would come back to take the actual flesh/meat of the rest of the fish.
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