I’m so excited to let you know that the wild dog denning season seems to be just around the corner. I’ve been in town quite a bit recently and working hard on our education program but the scouts have been monitoring the wild dogs and it seems that the alpha females of all the packs are visibly pregnant now. And not just that, but in some cases, extremely pregnant!!
I’m sure some of the packs will be denning down soon and then the alphas will give birth to their pups. Then, three weeks after that, I should be able to post some photos of the teeny tiny pups when they first emerge into the world.
Interestingly, once again we have a couple of packs which have two visibly pregnant females in each. We call these the alpha and beta females and they are usually sisters. Whether or not the beta female will be allowed to raise her pups remains to be seen, but indications are that this will be a good denning season.
Also, for the first time the Pita Pack will be denning. This pack formed early last year, but did not den. Now however, they are clearly going to do so, with the GPS collared female having become the alpha female of the pack:
So all very exciting, and I will keep you posted as they progress towards denning and giving birth.