Great Wolf Spirit - A Tribute to Wolves





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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2010


Wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit. The wolf is known as a symbol of loyalty, perseverance, success and guardianship.

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Wolf facts:

Height: 26-32 inches (.7-.8m) at the shoulder.
Length: 4.5-6.5 feet (1.4-2m) from nose to tip of tail.
Weight: 55-130 lbs (25-59 kg); Males are typically heavier and taller than the females.
Lifespan: 7-8 years in the wild, but some have lived 10 years or more.

The wolf is the largest member of the canine family.

The wolf has extremely powerful jaws capable of generating 1,500 psi pressure.

The wolf lives in a pack, family oriented social structure.

Wolves have a vast communication repertoire including scent marks, vocalizations, visual displays, facial and body postures and rituals.

In chases, the wolf can achieve estimated speeds of between 28 and 40 miles per hour for up to 20 minutes.

The wolf's sense of smell is more than 100 times greater than a human.

In 1987, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone. In 1991, Congress provided funds to restore wolves to Yellowstone and central Idaho. In 1995, wolves were reintroduced into the Lamar Valley, and later into other areas of Yellowstone.

The wolf appears throughout Native American religion and mythology. The Indians saw the wolf as a very powerful animal and one they had a great deal of respect for. The Cherokee Indians did not hunt wolves because they believed a slain wolves' brothers would exact revenge. Furthermore, if a weapon were used to kill a wolf, the weapon would not work correctly again.

A pack may cover distances from 30-125 miles in a day.

The "alpha" wolf is the highest ranking individual within the dominance hierarchy. The "beta" wolf is the second ranking individual within hierarchy. The "omega" wolf is the lowest ranking individual within the hierarchy.

There are two hierarchies in a wolf pack, one for females and one for males.

There are 42 teeth in the mouth of a full grown wolf.

The home range for a pack of wolves can be from 25 to 1,000 square miles.

Next to smell, the sense of hearing is the most acute of the wolf's senses. Wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles in the open.

Where there are wolves, there are often ravens. Ravens often follow wolves to grab leftovers from the hunt—and to tease the wolves. They play with the wolves by diving at them and then speeding away or pecking their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them.

Wolves have a vast communication repertoire including scent marks, vocalizations, visual displays, facial and body postures and rituals.


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