Wolf Education Archives - Wolf Sanctuary of PA

What, and How Much Food Do Wolves Eat?

2017-04-06T16:51:47-04:00October 14th, 2016|Wolf Education|

Lisa Matthews / Wolf Song of Alaska / VolunteerThe wolf in North America, is a predator of primarily large ungulates, that is, animals like moose, elk, and deer. All biological and social aspects of the wolf make it adapted for this role. No other carnivore in the western United States replaces the ecological importance of the [...]

Spectacular Snouts

2017-04-06T17:06:15-04:00February 24th, 2016|Wolf Education|

You may have heard on the tours that wolves have an excellent sense of smell.  They are often able to detect a herd that is miles away just by picking up their scent in the air! But how does this work exactly? In mammals, the sense of smell depends on the function and number of olfactory [...]

Reintroduction of Red Wolves into North Carolina

2017-04-06T17:02:20-04:00June 5th, 2014|Wolf Education|

Red Wolves were reintroduced to North Carolina several years ago.  Since their reintroduction they have faced many troubles one of the biggest is hunters mistaking them for coyotes (which are always in season) and shooting them.  Recently the North Carolina courts put a 6 month moratorium on coyote hunting in the five counties the red wolves call home.  [...]

News of Mexican Gray Wolves

2017-04-06T17:02:35-04:00May 7th, 2014|Wolf Education|

News of Mexican Grays  The Arizona lawmakers recently passed two laws limiting the protections for the Mexican Grays or Lobos, fortunately the governor of Arizona has vetoed these bills. As of March of 2014 there are believed to be 14 wild packs of Mexican Grays.  Throughout the country various zoos and conservation organization host a number [...]

Wolf Communication Part 2: Body Language

2017-04-06T17:03:43-04:00December 15th, 2013|Wolf Education|

Here is an interesting tidbit; you could be camping in the wild and have wolves very near without knowing they are present. This is the case because among themselves, wolves use body language as the main source of communication with each other. Over time, wolves have developed very clear postures and behaviors because this body language [...]

Wolf Communication – Part 1: Vocalization

2017-04-06T17:04:34-04:00November 12th, 2013|Wolf Education|

The truth is that the howl has contributed to the bad rap that wolves have obtained over the years. In the wild, howling is the wolves’ universe and it is involved in every aspect of their lives. For the most part wolves howl because it is the glue that physically binds the pack together. It is [...]

Gray Wolf

2017-04-06T17:47:12-04:00January 12th, 2012|Wolf Education|

The gray wolf was once found through most of North America. But by the time the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, the wolf was gone from the Rocky Mountains, having been exterminated by shooting, tapping and poisoning. Over the past 30 years, the ESA has helped increase wolf numbers in the Northern Rockies. But, [...]

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

2017-04-06T17:57:49-04:00October 16th, 2009|Wolf Education|

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in [...]

National Wolf Awareness Week

2017-04-06T18:00:56-04:00July 2nd, 2008|Wolf Education|

National Wolf Awareness Week is a time to dispel misconceptions about wolves and to teach about the important role these predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. It takes place the 3rd week of October every year.The wolf is a striking symbol of wild nature, yet it has long been shrouded by myth and superstition. Earlier this [...]