First wolf pack in over 100 years spotted in Austria

August 25 2016 - The first Austrian wolf pack in over 100 years was captured on photos by a trap camera at a militairy training ground in the Swiss municipality Allentsteig. It is yet unknown exactly how many wolves the pack consists of, but the pictures show at least four wolves.

Lone wolves have been present again since 2009 in Austria, but this is the first known pack.


The dynamic of a wolf pack

A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case of an ambush they would be sacrificed. Then come 5 strong ones, the front line. In the center are the rest of the pack members, then the 5 strongest following. Last is alone, the alpha. He controls everything from the rear. In that position he can see everything, decide the direction. He sees all of the pack. The pack moves according to the elders pace and help each other, watch each other.

Cesare Brai’s photo