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Wolves

 

Big, Bad Wolf?

Thanks to Little Red Riding Hood, wolves have a reputation.

In reality, wolves are most certainly not big, bad or harmful to humans. They are simply misunderstood.

Wild Kingdom host Stephanie Arne gives us an inside peek at these majestic creatures.

 

Did You Know?

Safety in Numbers

Wolves live in family groups called packs. A pack usually consists of an adult male and female and their pups. Packs range in size from 8-9 all the way up to 20-30 wolves.

Howl at the Moon

Have you ever thought to compare a wolf’s howl to a music concert? Wolves howl for many reasons, primarily to communicate. When one starts, others quickly join in for a chorus of howls. If two wolves hit the same note, one changes pitch to make the pack sound larger. A group howl may last more than a minute.

My, What Big Teeth You Have!

Wolves have 42 teeth and powerful jaws, which come in handy with their primarily meat-based diet. They can eat up to 20 pounds of prey at one feeding.

Oh, Baby!

Momma wolves are pregnant for only 63 days before giving birth to a litter of 4-6 pups. Wolf pups weigh about one pound at birth and cannot see or hear. While they primarily rely on their parents, all members of the wolf pack take part in caring for the young.

How’s My Hair?

Wolves have two layers of fur. On top is a longer, coarse fur used as guard hairs, which keep the wolves dry. The other layer of fur is a short undercoat that keeps them warm.

Staying Balanced

Wolves play a key role in keeping ecosystems healthy. They hunt deer and elk, which keeps those populations in check and in turn benefits other plant and animal species. The carcasses of their prey also helps redistribute nutrients and provide food for other wildlife species.