Wolves mate when a male wolf mounts a female wolf, or bitch, from behind during the female's estrus, which is the period of time when she is in heat. This period, which lasts from four to seven days, is signaled when the female lifts her tail in a particular way.Know More
The mating process, however, really begins with the meeting and bonding stage, according to the Wolf Howl Organization. Once two wolves meet and establish a non-threatening relationship, usually by sitting shoulder to shoulder, they bond through playing, grooming and nuzzling. Courtship is a more intense version of bonding, with playful mounting behavior. Copulating then occurs. If copulation results in a pregnancy, the female carries her young for 63 days and then gives birth to a litter of four to six pups.
Usually only the alpha male and beta female in the pack mate, and they only have one litter per year. In this way, the young do not overextend the resources of the pack. In some cases, young females may also breed. Wolves reach sexual maturity between ages 2 and 3 years, at which point they leave their pack to either find a new pack to join or to create one of their own. Wolves mate for life.Learn more about Wolves
On average, wolves live six to eight years. Some wolves living in the wild live to be 13 years old, and in protected areas, wolves can live for 16 or 17 years.Full Answer >
Canis lupus, the common wolf, originally ranged throughout the Northern Hemisphere, living in North America from the Arctic down to Mexico, and from northern Europe down to southern Asia and northern Africa. Canis rufus, the red wolf, is a North American species that once ranged from Ontario to the southwestern United States.Full Answer >
The gray wolf is kept in parks and zoos in Colorado, but there are no wolves in the wild. Gray wolves were hunted for attacking livestock and have not existed in the wild within the state since the late 1930s.Full Answer >
Wolves reproduce when the alpha male and female of a pack mate and bear offspring. Once this occurs, all members of the pack, which is a group of family members and often the older offspring of the mating pair, take care of the pups.Full Answer >