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Some interesting facts about wolves

Yay! Wolf facts!

There are many interesting things about the most versatile predators on earth (Wolves), care to know some? then read on!

1. Wolves are social animals, they form social groups called packs. A pack can range anywhere from 3 to 40 individual wolves.

A pack

2. Contrary to popular belief, wolf packs are not set in strict hierarchy. There is the alpha (mating) pair, and subordinate wolves. None of that beta or omega rankings in between, although adolescent pups are considered to be the lowest ranking.
3.  The coyote evolved separately from the wolf over 500,000 years ago.
4. The gestation period for wolves is 63 days, pups are born in the spring months of April and May.
5. The weight of wolves in North America can be as little as 40 pounds or as large as 175 pounds.
6. Wolves live up to 15 years in captivity but only 6-8 in the wild.
7. Wolves are (were) found in nearly every country in the northern hemisphere.

Present range in North America

8. The average litter size is anywhere from 4 to 8 pups, less than half that number survive to age 2, at which time they’re fully sexually mature.
9. The choice diet of wolves are large ungulates like deer and elk, wolves can eat more than 20 pounds of meat in a sitting.
10. There hasn’t been a recorded wolf attack on humans in over 100 years.
11. Wolves are a keystone species, and their absence can destabilize the entire ecosystem.
12.There are an estimated 7,000 to 11,200 wolves in Alaska and more than 5,000 in the lower states, and around 40,000 in Canada. Decreasing steadily.
13. Wolves have a complex communication system ranging from barks and whines to growls and the most famous one, the howl, used for long distance communication.

Howl

14. Wolves are not strict carnivores and will eat most plants and vegetation to survive.
15. Wolves average an height at shoulder of 26 to 35 inches, varies with region.

Thanks for reading these facts! I hope you enjoyed them.