I agree and going to throw my extra 5 cents to the idea.
What troubles me the most about animals is that usually they spawn alone and extremely rarely in small numbers.
My proposition is that instead server should spawn them as herds or packs.
Ofcourse some animals like bears etc should spawn alone.
In addition i would like also to see them travel sometimes around server in herds lead by alpha (which in my opinion should be slightly stronger then rest) especially when they are predators.
Make them agro\run away as group to prevent too easy hunting (attacking one wolf should result in agro-ing whole pack).