Once hunted to near extinction, the North American Gray Wolf population has grown under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. In the lower 48 states there are currently 5,000 documented wolves, and Alaska is said to be home to 7,000 - 11,200 wolves.
Reliant upon each other for survival, a Wolf Pack typically consists of 4 to 7 adult wolves. The alpha male and female, the only wolves in the pack who breed, take the lead and are in charge of hunting, establishing a den, and stacking out the pack’s territory. Wolves develop strong bonds and exhibit affection for members of their pack, much like a human family. Pups are born blind and are cared for by the pack until the age of 10 months. This fact gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “it takes a village!’
Described as unsettling or alarming to the human ear, a wolf communicates through their howls, “speaking” with other wolves up to 10 miles away. Contrary to popular myth, wolves do not howl at the moon but in fact react to the brightness or light of the moon, causing them to become more vocal during a full moon. An adult wolf can effortlessly jump a 7 foot fence with the grace of a ballet dancer. They reach speeds of 35 miles per hour when in a full run, while the average wolf trots along at 5 miles per hour, allowing them to roam over vast territories with little effort.
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