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Gray Wolf

Updated on September 10, 2014
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Was employed by A.T. & T. for twenty eight years after four years in the U.S.Navy.Then owned a bait and tackle store in Northern Wisconsin

Some Gray Wolf Facts

The howling wolf photo by Ron Wulff

The gray wolf features can have many color variations from gray to black to all white.

A thriving wolf population lives in the northern states as well as coming back worldwide due to research and public education efforts.

As the ancestor of the domestic dog, the gray wolf resembles German shepherds or malamutes.

Wolves are making a comeback in the Northern Rockies and Southwestern United States as well.

Today much research is being conducted to determine the best habitat for wolves. Recently, 30 gray wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

What Does a Gray Wolf Eat?

Deer Or Elk When They Can Catch Them.

These carnivores (meat eating) eat anything ranging from field mice to huge caribou. As predators, gray wolves help to maintain balance in the food web.

Staples: they will take elk, deer, moose and caribou of the hoofed animals where possible.

Wolves are also known to eat beaver, rabbits and other small prey.

Wolves are also scavengers and often eat animals that have died due to other causes like starvation and disease or road kill.

Communication Methods of the Wolf

Gray wolves communicate to each other through howling, body language and scent.

Howling is used to call the pack together, talk to other packs, assert their territorial claims or as a source of pleasure.

On a calm night, gray wolf howling can be heard many miles away. Wolves use their faces and tails to indicate their emotion and status in the pack.

A pack marks its territory by urine and feces to warn other packs to stay away. There are several small packs in Northern Wisconsin.

Gray Wolf Howling - In Northern Wisconsin This May Be A Sound You Have Heard

This sound can be heard occasionally in the area of the north where I live. Just a few nights ago there was a local pack howling nearby.

A gray wolf pack of five adults and three pups were recently filmed in a friends yard with a game video camera.

Physical Appearance and Characteristics:

What color are gray wolves?

If you said gray you're partly correct, they can also can have white, red or black fur.

Gray wolves are 2- 2.5 feet tall at the shoulder and their bodies range between 4-5 feet long.

Male wolves weigh on average 90 pounds and females generally weigh 80 pounds.

Amazing as it may sound a gray wolves can run up to 35 m.p.h. and can jump 12 feet.

Habitat and Reproductive Cycle

One Local Pack Has Five Adults And Three Young Ones.

Gray wolves live in packs normally with 8 to 35 members. They may consist of fewer numbers in some areas of the country.

The leader of the pack is the alpha male and usually is the only one to mate. They mate for life. The gray wolf life cycle is 7-8 years in the wild, but some have lived 10 years or more.

Pairs mate in the winter and about 9 weeks later 2 to 14 pups are born and are blind.

The other females in the pack help take care of newborn pups for 3 to 5 months until they are able to travel with the pack.

Endangered :There are approximately 2,500 gray wolves in the lower 48 states and about 10,000 in Alaska. Wolves are making a comeback in the Great Lakes, Northern Rockies and Southwestern United States. The Great Lakes area is considering removing them from the endangered list.

Geographic Range:

Presently the Gray Wolf inhabits Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin and a large geographic range in Alaska, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The gray wolf also once lived in diverse regions as Israel and Egypt also.

This range was the normal range prior to the additional reintroduction areas within the United States

Wolf Talk - Love Them Or Hate Them.

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      Larry 5 years ago from Hayward, Wisconsin

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully I have removed the errors.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey i asked for some unique fetures for the gray wolf. And by the ways good job on the video from I liked the part were you talked about what their diet is. And by the ways you had some spelling errors!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thought I leave my Paw print Thanks!

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I love all kinds of critters. I've never met a wolf in person, but enjoyed learning about them.

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      TheHealthGuy LM 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      It is interesting to note that there has not been one documented wolf attack on a human in over 200 years yet everyone is afraid of the big bad wolf. The governor of Idaho, Butch Otter, said he wanted to be the first to kill a wolf during the first legal hunting season when wolves were taken from the nedangered species list.

      Of course Otter is an idiot. Only idiots want to kill animals that do NOT harm human.

      It's ok to kill a wolf but grizzlies and rattlesnakes, both of which are documented as to killing humans on a consistent basis are protected. Cougars, elk, moose and even deer have been documented as to killing humans, yet the wolf with not ONE documented attack upon a human in over 200 years is eagerly sought for slaughter. Stupid people kill wolves but protect snakes (both reptile and human).

      The wolf is one of the most amazing creatures on earth and when you are lucky enough to hear the call of the wolf it is truly the call of the wild because they prefer remote isolated terrain. There are several packs in the area I live and so it is not uncommon to hear, even see one while fishing. I get a chill when I see one or hear one or ten but it isn't a chill of fear it is the excitement of knowing I share the wild, remote terrain with one special and beautiful creature - the wolf.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love gray wolves they are my favorite animal and they r just so cute but can also be aggressive. they are just so beautiful! i wish i was one! :)

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      I love wolves, they are beautiful animals. Blessed by an Angel!

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Yoohoo from a Squidoo Greeter! Good lens with some very useful facts and information.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      As a lover of all things critter I love the idea of wolves running free again in the US. As a critter owner who loses livestock and beloved pets to coyotes and big cats . . . not so much. No wolves here yet except by rumor.