The Wolf Clan is one of four proud clans at Crystal Lake Camps, including the Turkeys, Bears, and Turtles. This post is the second in a series of trivia posts about the clan animals, which commenced with Terrific Turkey Trivia in November. How much of this trivia did you already know? What are your favourite wolf facts? (source)
Did you know…?
- The gray wolf was once the world’s most widely distributed mammal.
- Because wolves are classified as predators, in some states they can be hunted when they pose a threat to a rancher’s livestock.
- Gray wolves are carnivores that usually prey on much larger animals, such as elk, deer, or moose.
- Gray wolves can eat up to 30 pounds of meat in one meal! Sometimes at camp it seems that this is approximately as much food from the salad bar as Dunwoody eats in a sitting!
- Wolves can go up to 14 days without food, without any ill effects.
- There are five subspecies of gray wolves in North America, and their coats can be a range of different colors: white, brown, gray, cinnamon, and black.
- Gray wolves travel in packs of four to seven, led by alphas—the mother and father wolves that track, hunt and choose dens for the pups or younger subordinate wolves.
- Wolves often mate for life.
- Wolf pups are born blind and deaf, and must be cared for until they mature at around ten months of age.
- Gray wolves are social creature with a complex communication system that involves body language, barking, growling, “dancing,” howling and scent making. Sounds a lot like boys camp…
It sounds like wolves are actually pretty cool animals. Although it’s hard to imagine them roaming around the mountains of Pennsylvania, they once did. It isn’t hard to see why the Native Americans of the area would have respected them so much.
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