1. To many, the wolf has become
a symbol of environmental integrity and North America's disappearing
2. We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant
3. In extreme cold, a wolf can
reduce the flow of blood near it's skin in order to conserve body
4. Favorite menu items for wolves
include several large animals: moose, deer, elk, caribou and musk
oxen. Wolves also eat smaller animals, such as beavers, rabbits,
hares, voles, fish, muskrats, lemmings, raccoons, shrews, marmots,
woodchucks, shellfish, ground squirrels, mice and birds.
5. Normal pace for wolves is about
five to nine miles per hour, but they can run much faster.
Wolves can do 28 mph in short distances over open terrain and 22 mph
for a mile or two, which makes them slower than most of their prey
6. Wolves have 42 teeth set in a
strong jaw. The small incisors are used for nibbling and cleaning meat
from bones. Canine teeth, which are more than an inch long are
designed to capture and hold prey and to tear food apart.
7. Two things are essential for a
good den: nearby water in the form of a stream, river or lake and a
high or otherwise protected location.
8. The battle between man and wolf
probably began over livestock as many as 7,000 years ago. Man began
raising and confining animals that were the natural prey of wolves,
making the wolf's hunt easier but creating a world of animosity
between man and beast.
9. The creamy white coat of the
Artic wolf is an obvious advantage for an animal living and hunting in
an area-the Canadian Artic and the north coast of Greenland-that
remains snow-covered for most of the year.
10. Hunger can actually enhance
the wolf's sense of smell. If the wind is blowing in the right
direction, wolves can smell prey from up to one and a half miles away.