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Wolves Nature Song
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There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendants living in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Recent studies have shown that wolves are quite intelligent and have strong family ties and complex social relationships. The real wolf facts about why wolves howl are, Saying hello - Wolves howl to greet fellow pack members, Communicate location - Howling is the most effective way for a member of the pack to call another to its location. Mark territory - Howls give warning to other wolves about a pack's territory boundaries. Call together - If a kill has been made, the best way to bring the pack together is to howl. Perhaps more interesting, researchers have now found that wolves howled more frequently to members of their pack with whom they spent more time. In other words, the strength of the relationship between wolves predicted how many times a wolf howled. There is one member of the pack who will tend to howl more boldly: the alpha male. The alpha male is the dominant male of the pack, and father of the pups. He is most likely to howl to, and even approach, a stranger often with confrontation on his mind. One sign of this aggressiveness can be heard in his voice; his howls become lower-pitched and coarser in tone as he approaches a stranger. Lowering the pitch of a vocalization is a nearly universal sign of increasing aggressiveness in mammals, and in wolves it can sound quite impressive. Wolves are excellent hunters and have been found to be living in more places in the world than any other mammal except humans. Wolves have killed 2 people in very recent years. Since recorded history here in North America in 10,000 years many attacks have happen but fatal deaths is extremely rare.Wolves have two layers of fur, an undercoat and a top coat, which allow them to survive in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius! In warmer weather they flatten their fur to keep cool. Wolves have sweat glands in between their paws. Wolves in the wild have short life spans. The average is 6 to 8 years.
December 28th, 2013
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