There are many misconceptions surrounding wolves. Some say that wolves howl at the full moon, when in fact they are simply communicating with others in their pack. Throughout history there have been stories about children who have been raised by wolves; however, there are no proven cases of that happening. Finally, despite many stories of wolves being solitary creatures, wolves are in fact quite social and live in groups called a pack. A pack is made up of anywhere between 2 and 30 wolves. A pack is like a family, and the wolves in a pack protect one another and help each other gather food to survive.One of the wolves closest living relatives is the domestic dog. Side by side their similarities are clear. However, there are many differences between them as well. Wolves have longer legs and bigger feet than dogs, which make them fast and powerful runners. Wolves also have a coat of bushy fur that help them survive in the wild. A wolf’s size depends on where it lives. and can weigh anywhere between 50 and 130 pounds. A wolf relies on all its senses to hunt and survive. Thanks to 200 million scent cells inside its nose a wolf can smell an animal before it can see it. Furthermore, a wolf’s hearing is 20 times stronger than a human’s.
Before a mother wolf gives birth, she searches for a safe place called a den. Sometimes a mother will dig her den and other times she will use a hollow log. In her cozy den the mother will give birth to a litter of four to six pups. When the pups are born, they are very small and cannot see or hear. A mother wolf will stay in her den with her pups for a month or so. During that time other members of the pack will bring food for her. A young wolf will stay with the pack for 2-4 years it will learn everything it needs to know to survive. Afterwords, the young wolf will leave the pack it was raised in and establish its own pack.
If you want to learn more about wolves, you can visit the juvenile non-fiction section at the Auburn Hills Public Library. Below are some books that you can check out on the topic.