Here is a list of a few facts most of us don’t know about wolves. Some of them are interesting some are just unenviable, we hope you will enjoy our list of facts about wolves!
Wolves run on their toes, which helps them to stop and turn quickly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing down.
In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue
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The Vikings wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood to take on the wolf’s spirit in battle. They also viewed real wolves as battle companions or hrægifr
It is believed that the Red Wolf (also known in Latin as ‘Canis Rufus‘) is to be a cross-breed of Gray Wolf and coyote.
Many species have become extinct, while many remain in a vulnerable state.
The strongest male and female pairing lead the pack and are known as ‘alphas’.
Their long muzzle ends with a hyper sensitive nose, which is one hundred times better than a human’s.
Some people believe that they suffer from lycanthropy – the belief that they can turn into wolves.
Once a wolf has found a mate, they tend to stay together for better or worse, through sickness and health, often until death due them part. Of course it is typically only the alpha male and female that breed, leaving the rest of the adult pack members to help rear the young and ensure their survival.
Perhaps the most well known characteristic of the grey wolf is its penetrating, hauntingly beautiful howl. This is a primary communication tool, both between lone wolves and their pack, as well as between packs. When it comes to territory, inter-pack howling will determine the size and strength of different pack, often determining weather or not to attack or retreat.
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Wolves can eat a huge amount, as much as 9 kg, in one sitting, thus the saying. The alpha male is first to eat and will devour the most meat out of the pack, followed by other pack members and or other scavengers. Although this is partly to blame for their bad reputation, it is really a survival tactic, as they never know when their next meal will be and often it is days before they eat again.
Wolves are legendary because of their spine-tingling howl, which they use to communicate. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Some howls are confrontational. Calls may be answered by rival packs. Much like barking domestic dogs, wolves may simply begin howling because a nearby wolf has already begun.
When they get a successful kill, wolves do not eat in moderation. A single wolf can consume 9 kg of meat in one sitting! The highest ranking wolf will eat first and what cannot be consumed is left for the scavengers, even though they may have to wait another three days for their next meal.
Wolves feed their young by carrying chewed-up food in their stomachs and throwing up, or “regurgitating”, the food for the pups when they come back to the den.
The grey wolf has been the notorious villain of fables and fairy stories for centuries, yet this highly intelligent and sociable animal has done little to warrant its terrifying reputation.
Another reason for their decline has been the dramatic reduction of their natural prey. This has largely been replaced by farm stock which is protected by the use of poison, traps and guns. The final fate of wolves will depend on whether man is prepared to coexist with them.
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Wolves can sprint from 36-38 miles for short distances.
Wolf pups are born in the Spring and they live with their mother in the den until they are about 3 weeks old.
Wolves howl to communicate. if alone, a wolf may howl to attract the attention of his pack. Packs howl together to send territorial messages from one pack to another.
Wolves live in family groups called packs made up of a male parent, a female parent and usually some of their pups over the previous years.
A wolf pack has a set social structure and rules. The pack leaders are the alpha male and female.These two are dominant over the other wolves in the pack. The alphas are the only wolves that breed and produce pups in the pack, and they also get to eat first.
Wolves prey on injured, sick, old, young and genetically inferior elk, moose, and deer, allowing the healthy individuals to breed and continue their species.
Wolves help improve riparian areas (the wetland areas adjacent to rivers and streams). Wolves help redistribute ungulate herds which allow vegetation to recover & grow along rivers & streams. In turn, this helps provide more food for beavers. Aquatic animals like frogs and fish & aquatic plants benefit from increased beaver ponds. Additionally, shade created by the trees cools the water, making the habitat better for many aquatic species.