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“An image of GPS tracking of multiple wolves in six different packs around Voyageurs National Park shows how much the wolf packs avoid each other's range. Image courtesy of Thomas Gable”

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Moderator of r/MapPorn, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 10 days ago · Stickied comment

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I thought this was a shit post made in paint before I read the title

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It might still be, just with a believable shitpost title included

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Now that would be next level trolling.

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Guess we'll never know.

Anyone know how to make Quiche?

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It’s a baked, pie-like dish.

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11 points · 10 days ago

Easy karma.. Just open ms paint, go crazy with lines, then make up a title.

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26 points · 10 days ago

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It IS funny that the scientists used the MS Paint palette.

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Considering how wolves mark their territory it might actually be a piss post.

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Red is the Australia of Wolf Risk.

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Low risk, but little prey. +2. Yellow is Europe. Abundance of prey, surrounded by hostile packs. +5

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Wow, that’s very cool. To think how keen their senses must be to recognize and avoid each other and their territories. Plus, I like to think that there’s one from the white colored clan who just goes way into the other territories because, well, he’s a badass.

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4.9k points · 11 days ago · edited 11 days ago
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Wolf 1: "Damn it, Frederick, you can't go into other packs' territory like that! You'll start a wolf war!"

Wolf 2 (alpha af): lights cigarette, drags a long puff, then flicks it onto the gas can next to a red wolf pissed-on tree. The tree explodes into a fireball. "I'm counting on it."

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get this man in front of an executive producer...this...instant!

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614 points · 11 days ago · edited 11 days ago

EP: "I'd like to produce your wolf movie"

/u/mcjunker: lights cigarette, drags a long puff, then flicks it onto the gas can he brought and placed next to a desk. The desk explodes into a fireball. "I'm counting on it."


Now is no time to CRY WOLF! This summer, Tom Cruise is A WOLF IN DEATHS CLOTHING.

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303 points · 11 days ago · edited 10 days ago

Red wolf pack leader: on stump, addressing feral red wolves dressed in vaguely Nazi-ish uniforms "Brothers! The forest is ours! The inferior wolves shall be destroyed once and for all. And this shall be a world Red in tooth and claw!"

Red wolves: snarl militantly

Tom Cruise (dressed as a white wolf with an eyepatch and a bandana): flies attack helicopter over the parade field, drowning out the red wolves' chants. The missile systems auto lock on the Red wolf pack leader "I don't think so."

Red wolf pack leader: "Impossible! Wolves can't operate advanced human technology!"

Tom Cruise: "Once you pay $10,000 to reach level 10 in Scientology and fully clear your system of thetans, anything is possible." launches missile. The red wolf leader screams as he erupts into a fireball the size of a skyscraper.

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BAY

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224 points · 10 days ago

Executive Producer Dick Wolf

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70 points · 10 days ago

God damn it why didn't I think of that?

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It’s okay. I got your back.

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Give me your paw!

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Directed by Michael Bay, with executive producer John Woo.

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John Woolf*

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John Awoo?

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FWIW, I heard that the study that coined the term 'alpha dogs' was found to be a bit wrong when that pack was revisited. If memory serves me well, they found out that the "alphas" turned out to be the parents of the other wolves/dogs. So what we think of as "alpha" behavior is just parenting.

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So the Chads are actually the Dads?

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28 points · 10 days ago

The research that underlay that old pack theory was done on a bunch of unrelated wolves in captivity. It's as if human sociology were based entirely on a single prison study. Later field studies revealed that, just as you said, wolf packs are families, and the "alpha pair" is just mom and dad.

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My understanding was that the issue with the original study was that it was done with wolves in captivity, with no relation to each other, which didn't apply to wolves in the wild. And, as you say, to the extent that there are heirarchies in wild packs, it is on account of family structure.

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36 points · 10 days ago

Hi! Jim, from Netflix. You're greenlit for 3 seasons! We look forward to seeing the pilot of "Wolf War" very soon!

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It might be a non-alpha female trying to get pregnant (which they are not supposed to do she would be punished for doing this) but the mating drive can be quite strong for them I guess sometimes. Her own alpha male wouldn't mate with her.

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yeah, because her own alpha male would be her dad. she or he might just be running around trying to get their teen wolf freak on

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Either that, or he's on drugs. My money is on drugs.

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He's not a coke head, he just really likes the smell.

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For fucks sake, Moon Moon, get your act together

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7 points · 10 days ago

Game of Dens

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!ThesaurizeThis

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Classicist 1: "Bloody it, Town, you can't go into else lades' geographic region like that! You'll leave a Hugo Wolf war!"

Wolf 2 (important af): returns coffin nail, fall backs a long-term puff of air, then twinkles it onto the fossil fuel can adjacent to a cherry assaulter pissed-on run. The Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree irrupts into a meteor. "I'm count on it."


This is a bot. I try my best, but my best is 80% mediocrity 20% hilarity. Created by OrionSuperman. Check out my best work at /r/ThesaurizeThis

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310 points · 11 days ago

It's less about keen senses, and more about copious amounts of piss.

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They don't use their senses to detect the piss?

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84 points · 10 days ago

Oh, they use their senses, I'm just saying that given the amounts of pee involved, their sense of smell probably doesn't have to be so keen.

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57 points · 10 days ago

Hmm, I kinda wanna disagree with you there. I think it would require some level of keen-ness to be able to tell apart your own pact's piss and other pact's piss. After all, belonging in a different pact wouldn't impact your smell that much, since they are literally in the same geological location and it's also quite likely that they share a small gene pool and thus there wouldn't be much difference (or so we think) in the smell.

Also if there are copious amounts of piss from numerous different wolves in the forest, than it would require even more keen senses to be able to draw useful information from such a mess.

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It's "pack"

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15 points · 10 days ago

Maybe they’re warlock wolves

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Could be! Explains the teleportations!

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It's true, piss smells pretty strongly. I'm a scientist.

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I agree, but I'm a mere piss enthusiast.

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You can see it at boundary waters canoe area in Minnesota. Clearly demarcated with pee in the snow and on trees.

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But that could just be drunk Viking fans. They’ll pee on anything.

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Just like you can tell Buffalo Bills territory by the heaps of broken tables. Or Eagles territory by the discarded D cell batteries.

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HE IS...THE WHITE WOLF. DAKINGINDANORF

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11 points · 10 days ago

The White Wolf has rested long enough.

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66 points · 11 days ago

On the top half I think the white line is just a border - it's fatter and in straight lines.

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Maybe it’s a few fat white wolves known to most folks as Border Patrol.

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7 points · 10 days ago

Maybe it's a bunch of furries.

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Is this a visual result of dogs peeing on trees?

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Because some wolves aren't looking for anything logical, like prey. They won't listen to huffs, barks, growls and howls. Some wolves just want to watch the world burn.

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What do you expect? They killed his dog...

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You might even call it...a lone wolf.

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I bet a strong smell of wolf piss clearly marks the territory borders...

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Those senses are why dogs don't belong in wilderness areas. They like to pee and poop to leave scent marks just like wolves do to mark their territory, and they especially like to do it in a place where they smell something interesting. When they do that, they cover the territorial markers of other animals. It's like going for a walk along the border of North and South Korea and kicking over all of the border markers.

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You bet your ass my dog now owns this whole national forest I'd like to see yours try to take it from him! Oh wait never mind he peed on it it's his now...

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And yet when I do this to claim my favorite booth at Applebee's I'm "scaring the children" and deserve a "drunk and disorderly charge."

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I'm pretty sure that's just Moon Moon getting lost.

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Yeah...canines are incredible and smelling and differentiating urine. Other than everyone, who knew?

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13 points · 11 days ago

The WhiteFang clan is aggressive as always, always picking fights with the BloodMoons.

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Or could be downs

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That’s really cool. The edges are surprisingly defined.

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343 points · 10 days ago

Yeah, it seems to demonstrate that territory boundaries, like human countries, aren't just a construct of our own intelligence, but rather a more innate behaviour of social predators in general.

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And the Kashmir border dispute is due to a lack of urine.

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I'm pretty sure there's more than enough on the Indian side

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And now you've started a religious war. You proud of yourself?

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Religious wars are easy to win.

All you have to do is kill all the heathens.

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For the Emperor!

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47 points · 10 days ago

Idk man, don't you think that's a bit of an overstatement? I think its a pretty big leap to connect hunting territories of Wolves to human countries.

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72 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

Why is it a leap? Many pack and social animal use borders. People are no different. Respected borders allow us get along and cooperate. The alternative has been genocide and war many times.

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I think this is certainly convincing evidence for the presence of territoriality among pack animals, including humans, but I'd argue it's different to equate that directly to national boundaries. National boundaries aren't based in the same intuitive, biologically-palpable markers, and can be quite defined quite arbitrarily. Will humans innately know they've crossed into another country if there were no signs, border posts or other markers to indicate it? It can be difficult even to know when we've crossed a county line, or even across private property lines. Signs and border posts are the human equivalents of scent markings, of course - but then if there are no signs, would we even notice the border?

So I think we can say that we have an innate tendency to be territorial, but the exact scale and nature of those territorial boundaries are extremely flexible for us. We're not reliant on physical scent marking, but on highly abstract social processes. The countries we have today would not at all have been intuitive or sensible to humans living 3000 years ago - the idea that communities could exist on such a scale would seem ludicrous. Hell, people in the 13 Colonies did not at all think of each other as living within the same community just because they lived within the same federal country line. But generations pass, narratives are created, and presto, the 13 Colonies become the USA, not just administratively, but intuitively and socially. So it's something that ultimately can be immensely flexible.

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The comparison is about the formation of boundaries. They are not comparing a human customs booth to a bush with wolf piss on it.

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Right? I expected a lot more overlap on every border.

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It’s pee. All pee.

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2.8k points · 11 days ago

White wolf is a dick constantly trespassing other's territories.

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Wouldn't be surprised if that pack is in an area of the forest with less food so they are forced to hunt in others' territory at times

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If you looks closely the white wolf paths outside of the normal "area" typically follows the shoreline of a body of water. So, I think you are right.

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Lol that's a border

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This reminds me of that "hog walls around states" map

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Untapped infinite h o g s

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Link?

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Oh nice. I was expecting Zelda.

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Oh my god he's walking all over my SCREEN!

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"Well, clearly, the blue part is land..."

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They are the only pack whose territory is not adjacent to a water source.

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Maybe they are actually the Kings of the wolves and they go to others' lands to collect tribute.

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I'm pretty sure the thick white line represents the national border between US and Canada (national park is near the NE edge of Minnesota)...

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100%, I'm no wolf expert but I don't think they're known for walking in straight lines and turning at 90 degree angles.

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Wolf OCD is a really understudied problem

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WolfCD.

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You’re definitely right that it’s the border BUT you can see examples on this map of the white wolf walking a straight line and then turning at a 90 degree angle in the bottom left. So I wouldn’t use that as an argument point.

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13 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

To assure battery life, the GPS tracker may only broadcast its location every few minutes. When you connect the dots you get straight lines. Edit: according to the Article they take 72 points per day.

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Maybe it’s a few fat white wolves who are known to most folks as Border Patrol.

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That's an unfortunate color choice....

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The norther one in the top right corner is the national border (and park boundary, which coincides), the southern white line, which everybody is joking about is just the park boundary. Three of the packs reside entirely outside the national park.

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It's Moon Moon

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Who invited moon moon?

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Fucking moon moon

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The white wolves invading the red wolves land... who would have guessed that would happen?

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5 points · 10 days ago

Maybe he just has wares to sell to the other packs.

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White wolf: Hi! Want to be my friend?

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Typical white wolf privilege.

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White wolf imperialists 😤

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I was gonna say white wolf gives no fucks

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The White Wolf is named Geralt, and he's just an adventurer

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Original Poster332 points · 11 days ago
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wolves eating beaver

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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21 points · 11 days ago

Apparently they eat a lot of beaver

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Veryinteresting

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Original Poster54 points · 11 days ago

Right?! I don’t know that much about wolves but I thought the distinct boundaries were fascinating! I thought of this sub immediately :)

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16 points · 10 days ago

Did not know that wolves eat blueberries. Didn’t even know they could since foods like grapes are poisonous

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r/Dataisbeautiful might like this too

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Oh man, that video has some excellent wildlife footage.

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The thought of a wolf snarling at me with blueberry juice all in its mouth sounds horrifying

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Thanks for posting!

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PSA: open in incognito to bypass the "answer survey to read more" bullshit

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74 points · 11 days ago

Cool to imagine that there are similar zones surrounding all these, we just didn't tag those wolves.

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824 points · 11 days ago

You know the white wolf fucked some red's bitch for sure.

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That dude went all the way thru purple, look at the upper right

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246 points · 10 days ago

I think that might be a county line

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Interstate wolf, man. He can't be stopped!

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29 points · 10 days ago

International line, customs be damned.

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30 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

Hitler was right

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Dang you are right, that about had my jaw dropping thinking of the implications. He was all over blues territory though.

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Zooms out map

"...oh good lord"

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That's the MN border, not the white wolf line (same for the thick line in the teal and green)

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Hey don't call Triss Merigold like that!

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I fucked your bitch, you wolf motherfucker!

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239 points · 11 days ago

It’s wild how they are all roughly the same size.

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Poor green wolves have the smallest territory :(

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But the green territory is right up along that waterline to the north, it's probably very bountiful hunting grounds.

In fact, that might be why they have less space - each pack takes as much space as it needs, and they need less

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81 points · 10 days ago

"Grove Street is king! Say it with me niggas, Grove Street is KING! Yeah!"

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5 points · 10 days ago

Somebody make this a sub, RIGHT NOW

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That entire area has a relatively thin population so the green ones are just getting shafted.

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teampink

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I wanted to know how large the ranges are, so I compared them with Google Maps satellite images. They're roughly 10-15 km across each, if anyone else was wondering.

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Fun fact: A housecat's "territory", meaning the area in which they range when outside, is usually about a mile in diameter.

UNLESS they're fixed, when it drops down to less than half that.

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Unsubscribe from cat facts

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Like dicks

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...are dicks roughly all the same size?

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Typically. Depends on the gender though.

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This what i am gonna show people when they ask for a photo of a sixpack

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Do you get asked to show a picture of a six pack often?

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Well now that he has it, someone better ask

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145 points · 11 days ago

That's actually awesome.

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The Seven Six Kingdoms

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33 points · 10 days ago · edited 10 days ago

Seven, there is a king wolf in the north across the river

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6 points · 10 days ago

Is that a separate pack or did one crazy yellow wolf cross over?

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a different pack

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White Wolf pack is looking for fight

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More likely tail.

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150 points · 11 days ago

/r/dataisbeautiful

But actually beautiful, not "here's a graph of my heart rate when I went on a date." This is actually gorgeous, informative, and awesome.

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it would be beautiful to display area as discrete points sized by frequency of occupation. the lines crossing each other over and over again destroys interesting (and meaningful) information.

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I think it eliminates some of the information (as you say), but it gets a different picture across. No visualization can do everything, and this seems to still give a lot of useful information for many purposes.

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I want to know WTF lives here that the wolf keeps avoiding?https://i.imgur.com/T7NrS7F.jpg

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9 points · 10 days ago

I wondered the same thing, so I found the location on Google Maps and....nothing. It looks the same as all the territory around it. It's near a highway, but that highway passes straight through their territory and doesnt affect the wolves' movements anywhere else.

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Definitely a Balrog pit.

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humans would be my guess

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I want more data!!! Is the white pack made up of many aggressive wolves so they spread to other territories periodically? Or is it just the one wolf who doesn’t give as much of a fuck? Does a tighter cluster mean a smaller pack or just more territorial? What is the age, gender, and type of wolves that are being tracked?! So many questions, so little information.

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26 points · 11 days ago

/r/misleadingthumbnails minimap of the grand final of the 3v3 Age of Empires 2 tournament

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The white pack is drawing a wolf face.

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Or the Phantom of the Opera

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33 points · 11 days ago

White one tried to be naughty a little by sneaking into red zone just a little bit.

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Its amazing how they all seem to be similar in area size.

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That one white wolf is Big and Bad.

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5 points · 10 days ago

Man San Andreas was hard enough WITH cheats on.

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Am I a wolf? If my senses and economic status allowed me to stay so perfectly sequestered from other people, I would without question.

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It's content like this that makes reddit great, well done OP.

This is a window into the mind of a wolf. Not only do they have clearly defined ranges, they have clearly defined packs and each wolf must know each other's scent markings. I am blown away.

Also the blue pack is way too cautious.

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7 points · 10 days ago

I found the location on Google Maps. It looks like the green pack's territory covers about 25 sq. miles (larger than San Marino) and also includes the NOvA Far Detector: https://www.burnsmcd.com/projects/nova-far-detector

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I'd love to see something similar but with Chimps. Who actually wage war, have soldiers, etc.

Something representing this (potentially NSFW Chimpanzee cannibalism)

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There's a white wolf plotting some shit.

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White Clan Wolf: " Let’s do this… LEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEEEENKIIIIIIIIIIINS!"

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This research project is called the Voyageurs Wolf Project, and it has a Facebook page associated with it where this map was originally posted. If you're interested in following the project and/or learning more about Wolves, take a look at it!

https://www.facebook.com/VoyageursWolfProject/

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10 points · 11 days ago

This is brilliant!

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Wolves fascinate and terrify me in equal measure. Incredible animals with amazing social structures.

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The wolves know who each other are.

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That one White wolf gets way the fuck into Red's range, like shit I knew I should have asked for directions

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4 points · 10 days ago

Reminds me of the Warrior series about wild cats.

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Those white wolves are pretty ballsy

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Get these on a live transmitter and put it on a website where people can watch. Instant sports. People will watch these wolves and what they do and root for each color.

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White wolf is on an adventure to find itself... Deep man.

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Does yellow have the prime territory? They would have to defend incursions from competitors on all sides. I wonder if they are the most badass.

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these wolves know how to walk in straight lines very well.

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Very interesting. I just wish the white and yellow were seperated by a different color so we can distinguish them better.

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3 points · 11 days ago

Some are adventurous, some are invasive, and some just stay where they are.

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This map is in for a great story line of the six packs

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