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Interesting Facts About Wolves
A wolf is a member of the Canidae family. The Canidae family includes dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes and other similar animals. Wolves are carnivores that subsist on meat and fat from smaller animals such as rabbits, rodents and deer. They hunt in packs or individually. A pack can have up to 15 members. Although they can be found throughout the world, wolves are most commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere.
What do wolves eat?
As we mentioned before, wolves eat meat and fat from prey animals like rabbits, rodents and deer. They also eat plants when they are hungry or sick but their diet primarily consists of meat and fat. They will sometimes scavenge for food when they are hungry but will usually wait until their prey has been caught by another animal before eating it themselves. Wolves do not need to drink water because they can get moisture from their prey instead of drinking it themselves as most other mammals do (although there are some exceptions). Some species of wolves can also drink water if necessary but others cannot.
How big are wolves? Are they bigger than dogs?
Wolves tend to be larger than dogs because they have longer legs and longer muzzles that allow them to catch bigger prey animals than dogs can catch on their own!
Gray wolves are one of the most iconic animals in North America. They are also one of the most endangered. While their numbers have grown to an estimated 8,000 individuals, less than half that number live in the wild.
It is not clear where the remaining wild wolves come from. They could have been released from captivity, or they could be descendants of wolves that escaped to the wild when humans first arrived in North America. The latter possibility is supported by genetic evidence that a population of wolves spread out of Alaska and into Canada and the northern United States about 10,000 years ago.
The population of gray wolves in Alaska has grown to more than 1,000 individuals, mostly in Denali National Park and Preserve. But even this relatively large population faces threats. A recent study suggests that up to 50% of the wolves in this area may have been killed by humans over the last century. There are also concerns about whether the population will be able to withstand a disease that has recently killed thousands of caribou and other ungulates (hoofed animals) in Alaska and Canada.
A new study published in PLOS ONE suggests that most of these problems could be addressed by relocating some or all of the current Alaskan wolf population into Canada’s Yukon Territory, where there are no human-caused mortality risks for these animals.