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long been admired for their close knit family groups and
social interaction. They usually live, travel and hunt
in family groups, consisting of an alpha, or dominant
pair, their pups and several subordinate wolves.
through facial expressions and body postures, scent
marking, growls, barks, whimpers and howls. Howls can
mean many things: a greeting, a rallying cry to gather
the pack for a hunt, a warning to other wolves, or a
sign of bonding. Pups begin to howl at one month old.
Highly intelligent and
equipped with keen eyesight, acute hearing and an
exceptional sense of smell - up to 100 times more
sensitive than that of humans - wolves easily adapt to
their surroundings. Weighing 60 to 140 pounds and
reaching 5 to 6 feet long from nose to tail, gray wolves
mostly feed on large animals such as deer, elk, moose,
caribou and antelope, though they'll also hunt smaller
prey such as beavers and rabbits. They mate in late
winter and usually produce around six pups two months
Sadly, wolves have been
long been persecuted, perceived as a threat to
livestock. What was once a healthy population of 250,000
wolves in the contiguous United States was reduced by
99.8 percent to about 450 animals in the late 1960s.
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