Gary wolf or gray wolf is the native mammal of North America and Eurasia. They have the long fur in the winter to protect from the intensive cold. Usually, the fur gets worn out during summer seasons. The predominant diet of the gray wolf comprises of large ungulates and small animals. The vulnerable members of larger animals are the targets of the gray wolf. The habitat of gray wolf comprises of forest, grassland, deserts, and tundra.
Due to their nocturnal nature, immense attention is received in the place where it resides. There are lots of horror story surrounds the habitat of the gray wolf. It might be due to the attack on the livestock which are precious resources in past. The spread of rabies by the bite of the wolf is often considered as the prime cause of the fear.
Males are heavier than female. The male is the measure to be up to 45 kilograms and the female measure up to 40 kilograms. The length of the wolf can be 160 centimeters in length. The canines are well developed for crushing the bone.
Interesting facts about gray wolf are:
Wolf is the fast runner and the speed can be up to 70 Kilometer per hour. It can leap up to 5 meters in the single jump.
2. Pack size
Gray wolf is social animal and lives in the group. The number of group members can be up to 11 animals. There is the record of 42 wolves in the single pack. The territory is defended by scent marking, howling and directs attacks.
The gray wolves are monogamous and the mating pair stays together until one individual in pairs dies.
4. Gestation period
The gestation period lasts for 62 to 75 days.
5. Unique adaptation
Gray wolf has the unique adaptation feature. They have the body mechanism to reduce the blood flow near the skin in order to conserve the heat while thriving in cold place.
6. Rabies spread
The incubation day of rabies in wolves ranges from eight to twenty-one days. It travels around 80 kilometers in a day that drastically increases the chance of spread of the disease. The most noticeable part is that most of the attack by the wolf is done by the rabid wolf. This drastically increases the danger of being attacked by the rabid wolf.
7. Average lifespan
The lifespan of the gray wolf in the wild is noted to be five to six years of age. In captive, the average life expectancy can go up to 17 years.
Young are fed by the regurgitation. Regurgitation is the process in which the food from the stomach gets outside.
9. Largest canine
They are considered as the largest animals in the dog family.
Upon making the successful hunt wolf consume more than 9 kg of meat in the single sitting.
Human willingness to exterminate the population followed by the habitat destruction which is causing difficulty in finding the prey is the immense cause of the decline of wolves around the globe.