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Werewolf Behavior

Unlike vampires and zombies, werewolves are largely solitary creatures. During the transformative process, they relocate to remote areas and set about creating a shelter. They occasionally commune with other werewolves and are capable of procreating. Most of what we know about them has been gleaned from eyewitness accounts, post-mortem examination and the excavation of burrows. The data on werewolves are small; too small to reach statistical significance.

The Newly Transformed

Over the first few weeks of a werewolf's life, it will move far away from human population centers, traveling under the cover of night to avoid detection. Werewolves will bound down alleys, lope over rooftops and even hang on to the undersides of trucks. They can be hundreds of miles away from their hometowns in a matter of days. They are very assured in their actions and do not exhibit the stress and discomfort often seen in newly-transformed vampires.

Dwellings

Werewolf den, Georgia, 1944
(Courtesy: FVZA)

Newly-transformed werewolves will live in temporary shelters until they find a place suitable for a permanent abode. They prefer heavily-wooded hillsides (south-facing in the northern hemisphere, north-facing in the southern) far from populated areas. Rocky outcroppings with small caves are ideal for them. They will even drive bears from dens that they covet.

Werewolf dens are snug: typically 10 to 12 feet long and a few feet high. They keep a clean, simple home, with bedding from plant materials, feathers and down. Although their coat thickens in response to cold weather, they can and will skin animals for blankets.

Interestingly, werewolves often hold on to items that meant something to them during their human existence: pictures, jewelry, souvenirs. But for the most part, their living standards are closer to those of their wolf cousins than the human ones.

Werewolves take great efforts to camouflage their presence in the wild. They will cover the opening of their dens with boulders and use their tremendous digging ability to carve out exit tunnels. They urinate and defecate outside of the den and will bury their scat. They've even been known to cover their tracks.

Werewolves are quite attentive to their hygiene. They enjoy bathing in lakes and rivers. They chew certain plants to create crude poultices for wounds they receive taking down large mammals like elk.

Because of their remarkable adaptability, werewolves can survive virtually anywhere, from the polar regions to the tropical rain forest. A single werewolf's home range is several hundred square miles. They spend much of their time hunting and foraging. They eat anything and everything: large mammals, rodents, berries, fish, plants.

Sociology

Werewolves are much more rare than zombies and vampires, and so it is unusual to see one, much less two, in a given expanse of wilderness. However, it does happen. If two males end up crossing paths, they will fight, and the defeated male will be forced to relocate to a new range. Male and female werewolves get along much better. They will spend days together, hunting and frolicking and mating. Once the female is pregnant, the male leaves.

A female will give birth to a single pup after a nine month gestation. Though only a pound or so at birth, the pups grow quickly, reaching adult size in just two years. They will accompany the mother until about age two, after which the mother expels them into the wild. For reasons not entirely clear, a female werewolf can only give birth once in its lifetime.

Fast Facts

  • Most werewolves are in the 15-to-45 age group upon transformation. Their human age upon transformation has no bearing on their life span as a werewolf.
  • Werewolves survive much longer, on average, than vampires and zombies. It's believed that one werewolf has been living in the Black Forest of Europe for more than 200 years, based on tracks and scat analysis.
  • The leading cause of death among werewolves is infection. Predation from hunters is rare.

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