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Wolf adaptations

By: Alyssa & Sarah

Alyssa Schnell

on 22 May 2014

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By: Alyssa & Sarah
Wolves live in groups called packs. In North America they are often found in Alaska and Canada
Wolf Adaptations
The Grey wolfs large paws have fleshy pads and claws for traction and can spread to provide better support in snow
behavioral adaptations
What could cause wolves to go EXTINCT?
An endangered species
The main reason why wolves are at the risk of extinction is that they are being hunted.
Wolves Habitat
One of the habitats they are best suited to, is a boreal forest with long, cold winters and short summers. It covers part of northern Russia, the place where wolves are most plentiful.
Gray wolves can survive in many biomes as long as food is plentiful and the climate is relatively cold.
wolves cant see color
They have a top speed of about 40 miles per hour.
The thick fur is why they do best in colder climates
Their coats are made up of wooly fur to provide insulation and long guard hairs to keep out moisture
The wolves jaws can deliver a crushing pressure of over 500 pounds square inch
Wolves vision is very motion sensitive.
Wolves have a sense of hearing twenty times sharper than human's and have a sense of smell a hundred times better
Wolf habitats can be just about anywhere. That's because wolves can adapt to a wide variety of environments. The only places a wolf can't adapt to are rainforests and true deserts. Otherwise, the most significant factor in determining wolf habitat is the presence of humans and their tolerance of wolves.
These are some of the wolves habitats
Are we really that different?
This allows the wolf to defend itself from other predators
This helps the wolf to see it's prey easier
This lets the wolf hear out prey and danger
When wolves take on some animal which is as large as or larger than them, gray wolves do not resort to frontal attack, but instead attack from behind or the side.
The high-pitch howl of a wolf is used quite effectively to alert each other in case of lurking threats. A pack of gray wolves howl in a peculiar manner so that it creates an illusion that the pack is much larger than it actually is.
This helps the animal go without food for extended periods of time, which may at times extend to a period of two weeks.
Even though the gray wolf has a simple stomach, it is large enough to store as much as 20 lbs of food.
Surplus kill is yet another behavioral animal adaptation that gray wolves resort to when they hunt more animals than they can actually consume immediately, and store their flesh for future use.
When feeding on its kill, the Arctic wolf tends to eat as much as it can, and store the remaining food buried beneath the snow for future.
The Grey Wolves were first listed as an endangered species on March 11, 1967. But thanks to Yellowstone National Park and other refugees for the wolves, they were taken off the endangered list in 2004.
They will do their best to avoid people. Although, a wolf could easily kill a human, there is no verifiable evidence that a healthy wild wolf has ever deliberately attacked or seriously injured a human being in North America.
Some people would love the idea to kill them. That was one major factor in putting them on the endangered list.
Most countries have already killed off their wolf populations
Most of the time... wolves can be very friendly....
Like Dogs!
wolves are the largest member of the canine family
Wild herds of hoofed mammals are healthier when wolves keep the numbers down by preying on the weak , sick, old and unlucky
Wolves died out in Britain in the 1700s
Wolves may use the same dens to raise their cubs year after year
The End
Wolves are so amazing
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