Wolves fighting for dominance as a “thing” came from observation of captive packs. Observation of genuinely wild packs has revealed that it is not, in fact, a “thing.”
Y’hear that, ya dumbass modern werewolf writers?
hear that, self-styled “alpha males”?
They weren’t even captive packs, they were a bunch of unrelated wolves shoved together in too-small a space.
So if you’re an ‘alpha wolf’ then you are, in point of fact, not the noble, fierce and imposing leader of a group who respects you, but a scared wild creature with no social support frantically lashing out at strangers to try and gain some semblance of control over a fundamentally uncontrollable environment?
That would explain a few things.
Dude, this is so misleading. It’s not saying that there ISNT a hierarchy in wolf packs (because there IS, they aren’t a communal collective similar to many social herbivores), it’s just that the alphas are the alphas because of reasons OTHER than aggression (but aggression is one way that they communicate to their subordinates). The social hierarchy of wolves is actually very complex and based around family structure. So, in the same way that you would respect the head of household you live with, the subordinates respect the leadership of the alphas. http://www.wolfweb.com/facts-pack.html