Clever co-operation is not vital to hunting packs

Wolves can hunt efficiently by following simple rules

source: Michael Marshall
New Scientist vol 212 no 2835, October 22 2011 p11

A computer model has shown that wolves can hunt efficiently following simple rules; moving towards prey up to a certain point, then moving away from pack members at that distance. The model was developed by a team led by Raymond Coppinger from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Meanwhile, University of Oxford's Claudio Sillero argues that packs are not formed for communal hunting. Another study sees little advantage of packs once they have grown to a certain size.