Play and Social Tension Reduction in Captive Gray Wolves

This study examines the role of play behavior in reducing social tension among a captive pack of gray wolves (Canis lupus). The author observed the wolves over a period of six months and recorded instances of play behavior, as well as aggressive and submissive behaviors. The results indicate that play behavior is positively correlated with a reduction in social tension, as it provides an outlet for pent-up energy and aggression. The study also found that play behavior is more common among younger wolves, suggesting that it may play a role in socialization and learning appropriate behaviors within the pack. These findings have implications for the management of captive wolf populations, as well as for understanding the role of play behavior in social animals more broadly.

Arelis, R. (2006). Play and social tension reduction in a captive pack of gray wolves (Canis lupus). Behavioral Processes, 73(3), 289-292.

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