From Torie in LaFayette, Georgia
After receiving this “tribal wolf” from Torie, I started thinking about the communal nature of wolves and decided to look up some information to better help me understand the pack mentality of the animal. Here is a sampling of some of the information I was able to find. Enjoy!
- A wolf pack may contain just two or three animals, or it may be 10 times as large.
- Though many females in a pack are able to have pups, only a few will actually mate and bear pups. Often, only the alpha female and male will mate, which serves to produce the strongest cubs and helps limit the number of cubs the pack must care for. The other females will help raise and “babysit” the cubs.
- Biologists describe wolf territory as not just spatial, but spatial-temporal, so that each pack moves in and out of each other’s turf depending on how recently the “no trespassing” signals were posted.
- Wolves howl to contact separated members of their group, to rally the group before hunting, or to warn rival wolf packs to keep away. Lone wolves will howl to attract mates or just because they are alone. Each wolf howls for only about five seconds, but howls can seem much longer when the entire pack joins in.