What animals eat wolves?


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Wolves are apex predators in whatever environment they inhabit. As such, no animal actively hunts them for food. However, the cougar and bear are capable of killing wolves, although the reverse is also true. Neither animal hunts the other, and they compete for food when their hunting ranges overlap. Wolves are such efficient hunters that they often replace the bear or cougar as the top predator in a region.

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After wolves die, plenty of animals eat them. Buzzards, ants, vultures and other carrion-eaters exclusive to the ecosystem the wolves inhabit feast on their remains. Although rare, bears and cougars eat wolves they manage to kill. Wolves travel in packs to minimize this. Nonetheless, most encounters occur when a wolf tries to take a carcass from another apex predator. Wolves are usually more successful in these endeavors because of their numbers, aggressiveness and superior endurance to other animals.

Although there are several types of wolves, the largest member of the species is the gray wolf. It is the one capable of hunting larger animals and establishing itself as the apex predator in any environment into which it's introduced. Of all the animals on earth that inhabit its possible ranges, humans and tigers are the only predators wolves cannot displace from the top of the food chain.

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