Re: AAT Theory

Troy Kelley (
Wed, 4 Oct 1995 18:51:41 GMT

In article <44u5v2$> David L Burkhead, writes:
>>> A: Lions don't generally hunt in packs. BTW, the word isn't
>>>"pack" when dealing with lions. A social grouping of lions is called
>>Pack is a generic word. Pride, herd, gaggle, etc don't mean much
>>more than pack/herd/bunch/group.
>>Prides to work in groups, and so do hyenas and wild dogs,
>>and wolves, and .....
> Check again. Lions may travel/live in groups, but they generally
>_hunt_ alone. There may be exceptional cases otherwise, but as a
>general rule they follow the typical feline pattern of solo hunting.

Lions normally hunt as a group, especially the females. Lions are one
of, if not the only social big cat. Young males might do some solo
hunting, but a pride is usually composed of a group of females and one
dominate male and perhaps a few younger males which do not poise a threat
to the alpha male. One or two females might hunt separately, and one or
two males might hunt separately, but this is because they are not part of
a pride. A pride is, by definition, a cooperative unit. To suggest that a
pride would live/travel together and yet not hunt together is way off
base. They do hunt together, especailly for larger game, and especially
for swifter game.