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					Gray Wolves

The term gray wolf covers a particular species and not all of them are
gray in color. They can be shades of gray, brown, black, or a combination
of them. This is the largest species of wolves out there in the world as
far as their size. Yet their numbers have dropped low enough at times to
make them on the verge of extinction. Many successful programs though
have been implemented so that their numbers have been on the rise again
over the past ten years.

Some of the common locations where you will find gray wolves include the
Southern portion of the United States and along the Rockie Mountains.
They majority of them live in the state of Alaska. They are also found
all over the world with an overall population of about 200,000. This is
very low when you consider that in the 1950’s there were more than two
million gray wolves to be found. The gray wolves are also the species
that were introduced to Yellowstone in 1995 and continue to thrive there.

They are very good hunters and these locations where they live offer them
plenty of food in the way of large animals such as deer and elk. When
these types of larger prey are scarce they will turn to eating rabbits
and mice. They will also eat any left over food they find from other
hunters if they are hungry enough. Each pack of gray wolves features and
alpha male and an alpha female. There are about 7-9 wolves in each pack.

There has been plenty   of observation done over the years relating to gray
wolves. What is known   is that they develop very strong relationships with
their pack. They will   fight to the death with other predators to protect
their unit. They also   have very effective ways of communicating with each
other with sounds and   with body actions that resemble affection.

They take very good care of the young pups when they are born. These pups
are completely helpless as they are both deaf and blind at birth.
Everyone in the pack works together to ensure the needs of the young are
met. When they are about 10 months old they are able to join in on the
hunts for food. The average life span of a gray wolf in the wild is ten
years. Many of them have successfully lived twenty or more years though
in captivity.

				
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