The Fascinating Gray Wolf

The Kings of the Family

Are you ready for an adventure? Are you ready to learn all about these sharp toothed warriors that are known as the gray wolf? Well then what are you waiting for? Hop on board and lets go learn about these mind blowing creatures. They have amazing hunting skills, a fascinating habitat, and very outrageous sizes!

Gray Wolf Hunting

Gray wolves are truly incredible hunters! In fact, these ferocious fighters can run up to 38 MPH, that’s faster than Usain Bolt! Therefore, gray wolves tend to feast on large animals such as elk, deer, caribou, moose, and other large prey. Meanwhile, gray wolves also snack on small animals such as beaver, rabbits, and can gobble down up to 22 LB's in one feeding!


If you came nose to snout with one of these beasts, I would run, and never stop running. These fascinating hunters normally hunt in packs of 4-7 animals, but can get up to 10-12 animals if hunting for larger prey. Once the wolves have found their prey, they sneak up on it, surround it, and pound it from all directions. In addition, the wolves weaken the animal by biting and nipping. Once the animal is weakened, they rip it down by the throat!

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This is an image of a gray wolf that is having a mid day snack, he either took down this creature by himself, or used some help from other pack members.


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Size & Lifetime

Male Gray wolves weigh about 95-99 pounds, that’s about the size of a 12 year old boy. The females are a little smaller weighing about 79-85 pounds. Did you know that the biggest gray wolf weighed 175 pounds? That’s enormous!


Adult gray wolves average a nose to tail distance between 4.5-6 ft. These beasts live from usually 6-8 years which isn’t very long. That’s not a lot of time, so they have to use their short years wisely. Humans have around 8-9 times the lifetime as a gray wolf! Pretty sad huh?

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This is an image of a gray wolf that is howling, or calling for another pack member. Gray wolves do this when they are lost, hurt, or scared and need someone in their family to help them out.


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Habitat

Did you know that the gray wolf is the largest member of the Canine family? The gray wolf originated in Eurasia, and they made its way up to North America more than 750,000 years ago. The gray wolf isn’t afraid of harsh weathers, they will push their way through the cold arctic tundra, and also make their way through the hot dense desserts.

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This is an image of two gray wolves from the same family or pack, that are fighting (playing) with each other for fun, (similar to how dogs play).



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If you ever visit a zoo with a variety of animals, or visit a wildlife sanctuary where there are animals all around, keep your eyes peeled for the amazing creature...the gray wolf! You can explore their amazing habitat, and watch them go from a newborn pup, to a middle aged wolf learning to hunt, to the new pack leader. These sharp toothed speedy creatures, will surely catch your eye. Without a doubt, you should get to know the amazing, stunning, gray wolf!

Sources

  1. "Gray Wolf | Basic Facts About Gray Wolves | Defenders of Wildlife." 2012. 29 Jan. 2014 <http://www.defenders.org/gray-wolf/basic-facts>

  2. "Gray wolf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." 2005. 4 Feb. 2014 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_wolf>

  3. "Gray Wolf Fact Sheet | River of No Return | Nature | PBS." 2012. 4 Feb. 2014 <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/river-of-no-return/gray-wolf-fact-sheet/7659/>