The Arctic Wolf

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The Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf's DescriptionThe Arctic Wolf is a mammal and their special body covering are their white fur coats, sometimes gray. They can grow up to 24-36 inches. About 25-40 kg. (55-88 lbs. ) They communicate by body language, vocalization, and signs. Body language- Their tail, ear, positions, head angle, eye contact, facial expressions, and tail movements. Vocalization- Howling, growling, snarls, whine, yipping, whimpering, and barking. Signs- Scent markings. They hunt in packs, their long legs sometimes get trapped in snow and slows them down. Here is a very unusual characteristic, only the alpha male and alpha female can mate and then breed. That's only for a smaller pack. If it was a big pack, a few other wolves can mate and breed too. They work together to bring down a large prey, usually 10x their size. They can be very territorial and mostly they don't mind if another pack's territory overlaps.

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Reasons For EndangermentThe reasons for the endangerment of Arctic Wolves are because there are several illegal killings, humans hunt them, car and train accidents, poison baits, polar bears, carnivorous-free places, infrequent mating, climate change. There are some places where the law of not killing Arctic wolves are written on paper, but the law is poorly enforced. Climate change makes it difficult for the prey of the Arctic Wolves to find food, so then the population of Arctic Wolves decreased because of the reducing of prey.

AdaptationsThe adaptations for protection are that their white fur help them blend into the snow so they can't be easily seen by their predators. The thick pads on the bottom of their paws/feet help them not get easily hurt on their paws. Their structure: they have 42 teeth. Their eye sight is really good and hearing is acute. Their white fur helps them blend in with the Arctic backround. They behavior is usually protective. They can run in 40 miles per hour and They don't hibernate in the winter unlike some other animals in the winter. They, basically don't hibernate at all.

Why Arctic Wolves Are ImportantArctic wolves help control nature. They help regulate the population of their prey. Many countries are writing laws saying that it is illegal to kill Arctic wolves, also many zoos are protecting the Arctic wolves by putting them in zoos. Apparently, the life span of a wild Arctic wolf is 7-10 years. Arctic wolves help in captivity live for about 17 years.

Food Chain and HabitatThe Arctic wolves' food source is basically anything they can catch and they also eat lemmings, ground squirrels, birds, arctic hares, musk oxen, caribou, and deer. The Arctic wolves mainly just hunt near their territory. They are carnivors because they eat meat and they live in Alaska, Greenland, Canada, and polar regions. They basically live in places where it's cold, but other than that, they sometimes live in tundra forests and on cold mountain tops. Their terrain is mostly in tundra forests and in polar regions. The places where they live have to be cold and icy. Their packs are almost always in caves or dens.

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Arctic wolves hunting musk oxen

j"And this is what happened, and thisis why the caribou and the wolf are one; for the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong." - Farley Mowat

"To run with the wolf is to run in shadows,the dark ray of life, survival and instinct. A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling, a hunger, and thirst. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst. A strength that would die fightin, kicking, screaming, that wouldn't stop until the last breath had been wrung from it's body. The will to take one's place in the world. To say 'I am here.' To say 'I am'." - O.R Melling


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