- Can weigh up to 115 pounds
- Subspecies of the Gray Wolf
- Largest member of the canine family
- Color ranges from grizzled gray to black to pure white
- Height at shoulder ranges from 26 to 32 inches
- Lives in forests, tundra, plains, and mountains
- Listed as endangered in almost every state
- there has never been a case of a healthy and unprovoked wolf killing a human
Timber wolves, excluding lone wolves, live in packs of about 2-30 wolves. Leading the pack are the alpha male and female. The alphas are the strongest and most dominant members of the pack and will be the only ones in the pack who will mate. The alpha male and female both keep the other wolves in the pack from mating, passing on only the strongest genes to their young.
Wolves in The Wild
How They Communicate
Wolves howl to let their pack members know where they are. This is useful in cases where they are hunting and this way the wolves know where the others are and can btter track down and catch their prey. When the pack is not hunting, they use body language to convey their feelings or moods. If a wolf snarls or growls at a lower member of the pack, the less dominant wolf will usually roll over onto their back to show submission.