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1- They're bigger, have more robust skeletons and have the most powerful bite force known among mammals. Most confrontations between Striped Hyenas and arabian grey wolves show clearly that skinny, smaller predators lose.

2- Hyenas are more intelligent than wolves; recent studies show that they might be as smart as Old World monkeys such as baboons. Wolves, on the other hand, are less intelligent than pigs.

3- Brown Hyenas actually drove wolves off Europe during ice ages; wolves only returned well after the hyenas were gone, starved to death by the extinction of the native megafauna. Recent studies indicate that the Golden Jackal is actually a wolf subspecies; this indicates that wolves in the presence of hyenas only survive as small scavengers.

4- Hyena social interactions are less violent than in wolves; while both animals are not above killing members of their own species, in hyenas social status is driven mostly by complex social displays, while in wolves is straight up violence. Also, while wolves rape each other, hyenas court each other. This results in hyenas having stronger social bonds, as opposed to wolves; only hand raised do they display the level of loyalty domestic dogs do.

5- Hyenas are actually more successfull at killing prey than gray wolves, courtesy of their social unity being stronger.

6- While wolves cannot adapt to rural areas, hyenas can, showing more flexibility in terms of diet and behaviours.

7- Hyenas aren't the main characters in mind numbingly stupid movies like Alpha and Omega.
More reasons to make wolfaboos piss themselves in rage.
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x-WolfxQueen-x Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
You know, I love wolves. But it just annoys the fuck out of me how over-rated they're becoming...thanks for the post! Loved it. :]
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student Writer
Thanks for the apreciation.
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Extremevision Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
wolves are 10,000 times better looking though.
hyenas are allways the bad guys in movies.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Writer
Beauty is meaningless; only imbeciles and people lacking in moral worth consider animals or people to be worthy just because of how they look. Insects are perhaps uglier than wolves, but the world would live on without any canine, while without insects all ecosystems on land would crumble.

Also, the only reason hyenas appear as bad guys is because of ignorance. If people knew more, their portryal would become more positive. The same happened with wolves, after all.
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0oKatanao0 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hyenas are more closely related to felines which i thought was interesting. If you fought them mono e mono i'd have to give it to the Hyena. The wolf would be faster but it's out gunned and out weighed.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Writer
Indeed; hyenas form a clade with mongooses and malagasy "civets", which are more closely related to cats than to canines.
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StaticWasp Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Waiting for the attack of the wolfaboos
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Tikuko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet it won't happen. After all, most of them are convinced they /are/ wolves, and, after all, aren't wolves intelligent enough to not pick fights with the bigger (or in this case, more intelligent) guy?

...I can wish, right?
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StaticWasp Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I guess I guy/girl can dream. XD
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to comment on the notion that Golden Jackal being a subspecies of Gray Wolf. Not too long ago Wang and Tedford found that the Coyote and the Golden Jackal are closely related to each other. So unless it the study you are saying is just ONE population of the Golden Jackal, then that would mean both the Coyote and the Golden Jackal would also be classified as subspecies (which could explain the whole Red Wolf issue).
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Writer
As much as I dislike the Grey Wolf's fandom, the phylogeny of the Canis genus is very interesting.
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tassietyger Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the animal too, it's just I can't stand people thinking they know they know their shit based on Wolf's Rain and Balto. Sweety, sorry but that is not how wolves are or do.
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Lucario7727198 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wolves are overrated. I should really turn all my canine characters into hyenas; they're such an interesting species.

Pigs are also badass. I heard one story about a pig who was able to play simple videogames by moving a joystick with its snout. From what I can remember, it got a good score. Pretty cool if you ask me.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Writer
Awesome :D
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MatthewOnArt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
epic win man :'D
I thought Tasmanian Devils had the Strongest bite among Mammals. am I just mistaken?
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Writer
True, it seems; hyenas and hippos come second.
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PrinceofPride Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with most of this, except on number four; usually violent interactions for dominance between wolves mostly happens in unrelated packs. The whole 'straight up violence" is based off of captive wolf packs, those that are taken out of their natural setting and will therefor behave differently. For the most part, it is driven by social displays. Most wolf packs out in the wild are nothing more than parents and their pups.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Writer
Well, technically an alpha pair, their pups and several adult wolves that may or may not be related and form pairs as well, although the pups of said pairs rarely survive while the pups of the alpha pair generally gorw up to adulthood.

I suppose that displays do play an important role, but considering that canibalism has been noted among wild wolves within their packs, I order is stil maintained via threat of violence.
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Rabbidsquierrel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
One thing I would like to add to this (just out of the fact it applies) is that hyenas will eat the young of other clan members so that their own young survive. Also, I think they do out of wanting a higher rank, but I'm not sure and you'd have to check.

Also, for the record, hyenas are my favorite animals. :)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Writer
Indeed, although I'm failing to see how that would have them adquire higher social ranks. Then again, half of the things many animals do make little sense.
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XBaneHollowX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
First off. Pigs are extremely smart. And second off, Alpha and omega is MOVIE. How about you base what you like off of FACT, not FICTION.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
I acknpwledge that suines are smart (see other comments, for example), just that wolves are less intelligent than pigs (by animal standards they're still very intelligent, but less so than, say cetaceans, elephants, hyenas, primates and many birds like corvids, besides pigs of course, unlike the bizarre tendency of depicting them with human levels of intelligence).

Second, the latter is very obviously a joke.
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Numairian Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Typical. Run out of factual evidence to support your opinion and use something as ridiculous as a children's movie, then when a reasonable human being calls you out on it, you pass it off as a joke.

Aside from the "wolf rape" bit of it, the rest is perfectly fine and reasonable.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Writer
Because it is a joke. No rational person would use a children's movie as an argument.

As for the wolf rape, more observations would change your mind. Not that it is that important, though.
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do wolves rape each other?
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
Most of their mating behaviour consists on mounting another wolf regardless of permition; you can observe this very well on domestic dogs, for example. Whereas it is successfull or not depends on how strong the female/male underneath is.

Thankfully, at least they don't reach duck/dolphin levels of depravity.
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0oKatanao0 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you know that dolphins and chimps are the other other mammals that have sex for fun :D
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Writer
Most animals actually have sex for fun. The idea that they copulate for reproduction is an hilarious delusion, considering how utterly opportunistic animals are. For example, birds like swans form couples, but have sex with other birds that are not their mate. They are merely monogamous socially, not sexually.
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They don't do it to actually force sex, they do it as a display of dominance. Also, the alphas are usually the only ones to mate unless there are environmental factors that lead to this.

During this time, alpha males are securing their dominance by basically "scaring" subordinate males from trying to elope with females and same with his mate towards subordinate females. They harass them so that they do not mate. It's to secure their bloodline.

It has nothing to do with "raping," it is simply a display of dominance.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
The "dominance displays" thingies are generally no longer considered seperate from sexuality by most zoologists, specially considering that several studies link said displays to sexual arousal.

Nevertheless, one can clearly distinguish mere humping from penetration, and even a casual dog owner can see dog mating is usually forced.
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
You forgot to mention that wolves have a bite force of up to 400 lbs. whereas a hyena has a bite force of 1,000lbs, which even exceeds a lions bite.
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A film about hyenas could be either very disturbing or very interesting. They should team up with coyotes and try to get themselves a good publicist.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
Many animals deserve roles as protagonists. I hope I get to write a script for a pterosaur movie.
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I did that once. (Good, hell no it wasn't good, what do you think I am?)

Pterosaurs are very rarely done correctly, they're often written as birds (Predatory birds, like featherless eagles.) in reality they were more like albatross and a lot more colorful and complex than what we tend to think.

I don't know why people make up animal stuff (Usually they go for all animals = dogs) reality is usually far, FAR more interesting.
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Writer
Er, only ornithocheiroids would be albatross like. Other species ranged into several niches including the pig like dsungaripteroids.
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
True, very true. (I should have been more specific, but didn't want to rant.) The term pterosaur is associated with well... pterodactyls (And only certain types!) which rather limits what species and characteristics are shown. (Much like predators = T.Rex\Raptor; whooo, velociraptors had feathers! I KNEW it!)

What species would you focus on, or would you mix several species into your narrative?
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Writer
I'm not certain, but perhaps istiodactylids, the "duck billed" pterosaurs that were probably meat eaters, according to their serrated, shark like teeth. However, I'd include several other pterosaurs as well, specially chaoyangopterids and azhdarchids.
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh man, then I'd pay to see that movie. Because it would be awesome.
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Drhoz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
go 'yenas :)
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DragonTamer13 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Hyenas were in movies like the Lion King. You know, a GOOD animated movie that had the animals look like animals instead of anorexic, deformed sparkle-dogs.
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Malefic-Malafor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Yeah. :) Something else that was cool about that movie, too; for all the liberties Disney took with the animal species and behavior, they kept one rather important fact about hyena society intact: the fact that, among hyenas, the females wear the pants, so to speak. :D
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sulfide Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
#7 for the win.
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hyenas are alsoone of the best hunters in africa,though the african wild dog is also very good too
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Alloclaw Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Hyenas FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, the most powerful bite force among mammals goes to the Tasmanian Devil.

Not trying to disagree with you, though! Hyenas>wolves any day :)
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JohnFaa Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Writer
Thanks! Those are very underated critters too; I don't think any exist in media besides that Looney Toons character
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caitlynnoco Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Sounds like a persuasive essay why hyenas are better than wolves than an actual comparrison. xD
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Senkkei Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, pigs ARE one of the most intelligent animals on earth xD

and I love this; It makes me wonder why they make the hyenas in the lion king so slobbery and mangy.
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
because of the old stereotype that lions were king of african animals. but we all know that african wild dogs and hyenas are better hunters than lazy lions.
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Senkkei Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, and how everyone calls the lion 'King of the Jungle' when in fact their habitat is the Savannah.
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