Posted by: Kirsten | Monday, 17 December 2007

Wolves and Ravens — A Curious Relationship

The story of wolf-raven interaction is a fascinating one — and a story chronicled in the daily routines of several National Parks in the western U.S.  I attended an evening ranger program with my son at Yellowstone this summer, and although I thought I knew a lot of interesting tidbits about American wildlife, this was a relationship I knew nothing about.  While the opportunist raven’s habit of arriving on a kill site is well documented, some researchers would even go so far as to theorize that ravens may have even shaped the concept of large pack size in wolves.

There are many fascinating references, studies, stories, and folklore out there to learn about the subject.  I’ve included just a few to get you started.  Enjoy your search for more!


  1. The main thing i’m enjoying while reading your blog is the way you write, you are a really charismatic person and your posts are wonderful, keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the posting. I’m doing a blog on mythology related to ravens, and your site just made my research on the Wolf and the Raven easier.

  3. Also, it is documented that when a crow or raven senses danger alerting the wolves of approaching hunters or a rival pack of wolves or even bears- they are the eyes in the trees; while a pack moves about. And, also as the wolves do observes the communication of crows and ravens the birds serve themselves to the remains of kills wolves leave behind. This is the essential relationship between these species of animals.

  4. I learned while deer spotting and Elk spotting- the doe or cow will come out of a clearing to feed first and the bull or buck will wait longer in the woods or brush in case of a predator attack- then the male of the species will have the upper hand of surprise.

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