An opportunistic carnivore, he adjusts his menu to the territory he occupies. Large wild ungulates are preferred: deer, chamois, roe deer and wild boar. Without disdaining the smaller prey in the summer, hares, rabbits and small rodents, or carrion during harsh winters.
It is estimated that the average number of large ungulates killed by a pack in one year is between 50 to 70. For the record, the population of wild ungulates has multiplied by ten in 30 years in France. More than 40,000 red deer and 500,000 deer are killed by hunters each year.
In any case, it goes for the easiest kill, avoiding excessive risk taking by quickly abandoning the pursuit of prey deemed too vigorous. That explains his taste, during summer, for poorly protected flocks.