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.Know More
A wolf reaches prime reproductive age between 2 and 3 years old. At this point the female goes into heat and mates with a male during the first three months of the year, usually from January to March. The female carries the pups for 63 days before giving birth to a litter, which consists of between four and six young.
The new pups are born blind and deaf, depending on their mother for nourishment and the rest of the pack for protection. They nurse at least every 4 hours for several weeks. At six weeks old the pups are weaned from their mother's milk, and by 8 weeks they are eating solid food. By the time the pups reach 6 months of age, they travel with pack and at 9 months they are considered fully mature although they do not officially join the pack until they reach the age of 3. At this point, the pups can either remain with the pack, which consists of older siblings, relatives and their parents, or strike out on their own.Learn more in Wolves
Wild wolves demand three essential things for their survival. The first two are simple: a proper source of food and an agreeable habitat. The third requirement, human acceptance of their presence, or toleration, has proven more complicated.Full Answer >
Wolves are highly adaptable animals with habitats that stretch around the globe; however, they are most numerous in the United States, Canada and the Artic Russia. A new species of wolf called the Abyssinian wolf has been identified in the highlands of Ethiopia. It is much smaller than its relatives in the northern hemisphere and there is still some debate about its classification.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 >
Aside from humans, wolves do not have any direct predators and are considered at the top of their food chain. Wolf meat is not normally consumed, although it would be possible for it to be eaten in extreme circumstances.Full Answer >