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Wolves: The Things You Didn’t Know

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Canis Lupus, the Latin term for the “North American Wolf”. A meat eating mammal with the capability of weighing up to 180 pounds and reaching a height of sixty-three inches, the wolf is easily the largest member of the canine family. Over 500,000 wolves once lived in harmony, roaming the Northern Americas alongside the Native American tribes and the rest of the ecosystem. Wolves live in packs, a pack essentially being a family. While the average size of a pack is six to ten, the largest confirmed pack recorded in North America can be found in Yellowstone National Park where the “Druid Pack” numbers thirty-seven strong and counting. There have been alleged reports of a pack that attacked a small Russian town killing thirty horses in just four days. This pack numbered up to almost 400 members. Animal experts remain suspicious due to the fact that this number is almost fifteen times the size of an average sized pack. Wolves heavily rely on their pack. Every member of the pack has a specific job that benefits the pack, without the pack, death would be almost imminent. The pack is set up as a hierarchy, with an alpha male and an alpha female. The alphas get the best of everything, the best part of the kill, the best sleeping spot, and the breeding rights. When hunting, one member will scout ahead and will determine the weakest member of the herd. Once determined, the rest of the pack will chase the animal down and either takes it down on the run or chase it until it tires out. Unlike many predators in the animal kingdom, wolves eat their prey alive. While wolves are known for their spine tingling howls, the howl is not the only way they communicate. “Wolf Language” so to speak, consists of many grunts, snarls, growls, yips, and whines.... ... middle of paper ... ...an related. What can we do to change this? Become involved, take action, and be responsible. While we cannot change what we have done in the past, we can change what is to be done in the future. Bibliography Erb, John and Benson. “Distribution and Abundance of Wolves in Minnesota” (2003- 040: Minnesota. Web. Department of Natural Resources. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. “Grey Wolf History.” Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Web. 5 March 2013. Mowry, Tim. ”It’s a Wolf-Eat- Wolf World in the Wilds of Alaska.” Wolf Song of Alaska (2009). Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Web. 17 April 2014. Wagner, Jeff. “A History of Wild Wolves in the United States.” Mission: Wolf. (2014): n. pag. Web. 11 March 2014. “Wolf.” National Geographic. Web. 1 January 2013. “The wolf that Changed America.” Nature. PBS.org. New Mexico. 22 November 2008. Television.
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