Despite their bad reputation, predators are extremely important links in the food chain. Numerous eradication campaigns have unfortunately decimated Gray wolf populations, even though their presence is essential for the control of prey such as the White-tailed deer!
The most popular of all members of the canidae family!
Small rather rounded ears
Fur varying from gray to brown to black
Tail proudly pointed to the sky
Can weigh between 18 and 42 kg
A strong family unit
Our family unit, which we call “pack”, generally includes 5 to 6 individuals. Social behaviors within the pack are highly developed and hierarchical.
We hunt in packs to take down the biggest members of the cervidae family. I need 2 to 3 kg of meat per day. We can spend up to 10 days cleaning an adult moose carcass and a little less than 3 days for a smaller fawn.
Is that where it comes from!
Summer, as in winter, we like to travel in a straight line one behind the other, nose to tail. The French even have an expression, “à la queue leu leu”, derived from the ancient French spelling of “leu” that means wolf… So they are really saying “to the tail wolf wolf”. Crazy isn’t it!
Difference between coyotes and wolves?
Many people misidentify us and believe we are our cousin the Coyote! But they are smaller and their ears and nose are more pointed. Furthermore they carry their tail rather low, while wolves hold our tails proudly high! Coyotes are usually solitary creatures while we wolves live in packs.
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