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Matilda Cruz
Matilda double majored in zoology and animal behavior at the University of Hawaii. She’s been an animal lover from a young age and knew she wanted to study them even more for her career. She’s always looking for ways to spread her animal knowledge.

The wolf is a large dog-like carnivore wild animal native to Eurasia and North America. Wolves exist in many species; however, the most known species is the Gray or timber wolf, scientifically called Canis lupus.

Wolves have become a favorite because of their spine-tingling howl. They howl to communicate with each other. For instance, a lone wolf may howl to draw the attention of his pack, and communal howls may be a way of sending territorial messages between packs. Similarly, some howls may be confrontational. Just like barking domestic dogs, wolves may start howling because other nearby wolves are also howling.

Wolves are more social in nature and have highly advanced expressive behavior. They usually travel in nuclear families consisting of a coupled pair accompanied by their offspring. Additionally, the offspring leaves to form their packs in response to competition for food within the pack and at the beginning of sexual maturity. Wolves feed on large and small wild animals, carrion, livestock and garbage. Lone wolves or mated pairs have a higher hunting success rate than larger packs.

Furthermore, wolves tend to be very territorial. Thus, fights over territory among them are some of the principal causes of their mortality.

Facts about the Wolf

  • It is the most prominent non-domestic member of the dog family -Canidae
  • Wolves are great at cooperative game hunting.
  • Its long legs, large feet, and deep but narrow chest suit it well for life on the move
  • It has keen senses, powerful jaws and large canine teeth that support its predatory way of life.
  • It can hunt prey at 37 miles per hour.
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