Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Gray Wolf



Did you know The Gray Wolf has been seen roaming Ross Lake since 1984? The Wolves that live there look a lot like domestic dogs. But a wolf has much longer legs, bigger feet and a smaller chest than a domestic dogs tail may have a curl a wolfs tail does not. Wolf’s winter coat has a lot of wool that can be two and one-half inches thick, but each hair is about five inches long. A wolf from their shoulders is 26 to 34 inches. They weigh seventy pounds to one hundred fifteen pounds.

Wolves are very interesting creatures did you know that they can hear rodents moving under a heavy snow with other wolves howling from a long distance. They can smell their prey from more than a mile away. Did you know wolves can run on their toes? They do this because it makes it possible for them run faster and easier to turn quickly. Female wolves mate in the early spring. An average of six pups are born about 63 days later. The pups are born blind and helpless. Do you ever wonder if the wolves are decreasing or increasing? Well people do not really know how many wolves the are but there is very few. For thousands of years wolves and humans lived in harmony together. Did you know that the Gray wolf is not really gray it would be unusual to see a gray wolf. There are usually light tan or a cream mixed with brown, black or white. Wolves are afraid of humans wolves try to avoid us. Most places where wolves roam, people are not usually aware of them being there.

Wolves like to eat mostly mammals such as elk, moose, deer, beaver and marmots. Wolves often eat the weak, sick, injured and the really young and the old mammals. When they remove these animals it supports the vigor of the prey group of species population.

By Annie

9 Comments:

At 11:57 AM, Blogger SamO. said...

Annie that is very intresting but you might want to revise it. Also I have some questions for you. Where is the wolf in the food chain and can a pack of wolfs bring down a bear? Write back.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Jose E. said...

Ms. Mueller did you know that a male wolf can weigh up to 100 pounds and female wolf can weigh up to 90 pounds. Also the Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. Also the heaviest wolf was found in Alaska in 1939 and it weighed 175 pounds. Also the timber wolves live in forests of northern Asia, Europe, and northern America. Most timber wolves have fur that is brown or gray or a mixture of those colors, but some have jet-black coats. And wolves are also members of the scientific family Candia, or the dog family, which also includes coyotes, foxes, jackals and domestic dogs. However, wolves have longer legs and bigger feet than dogs do. And also some wolves have 5 toes instead of 4 but it’s rare for a wolf to have 5 toes. Also wolves have 42 teeth, 20 in the upper jaw and 22 in the lower. Also wolves can live 2 weeks with out eating and adult wolves can eat 20 pounds of meat in a meal. Wolves also save food so if hunting gets too hard and if they don’t get any food they will go back to where they saved their old food. Also wolves are the only animals that hunt in packs of 15.

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger Jose L. said...

Hello Annie nice picture you have on gray wolfs and information about them. I do have some questions about the information that you wrote. Where is the wolf in the food chain and can a pack of gray wolfs bring down a cougar? Write back.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Did you know that the Gray wolf is also known as the timber wolf. The gray wolf is the largest member of the dog family. Wolves have long legs, large feet, and a narrow chest. So they can help them to move through snow and thick underbrush. Wolves travel on game trails and on dirt roads, shorelines, even highways in the winter. Wolves eat big animals such as deer, elk, moose and sometimes smaller animals such as rabbit. Wolves like to communicate with each other in many ways such as howling and ear expressions and body language. Wolves will not just attack you at any given time. They are shy toward people, they will run away form you. They stay far away from you because they can smell you a long ways away.Wolves can smell prey up to 30 miles away!

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Hey Sam wolves are found at the top of the food chain, and a pack of wolves can take down a bear.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Hi Jose. A wolf is actually at the top of the food chain!! I'm not sure if a wolf can take down a cougar, because a cougars is also at the top of the food chain.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger maddie said...

Hi Annie,
I did wolves too. They are so intresting. And cute!

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger nathan said...

what hapenes if you get to close?

Nathan

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Wow, that is an awesome picture!

 

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