Wolves: Myth vs. Fact
Wolves are deadly to humans.
We have too many wolves already.
Likely there are fewer than 7,000 gray wolves left. Their very existence faces enormous peril. They have barely come back from being endangered, and are still absent from most areas where they normally habit. Wolves now live in only 10% of their historic range in the continental 48 states.
Wolves are predatory and only kill for sport.
Killing wolves will save livestock and keep cattle safe.
Wolves howl only at the moon.
Wolves can be pets.
Wolfdogs kill people.
Other wonderful wolf facts:
- Wolves can live up to 13 years in the wild.
- Wolves have 42 teeth.
- They have four toes with claws in an oval shape.
- They run on their toes, not their pads.
- Wolves mate for life.
- A litter of wolves is usually 4 to 6 pups.
- Pups are born deaf and blind with bright blue eyes.
- A pack of wolves can range from 2 to over 30 wolves. On average they run in packs between 5 and 8 wolves.
- Wolves can run at 36 to 38 MPH.
- Gray wolves can range in color from gray, black, tan, or white.
- Wolves prey on elk, deer, moose, and other animals.
- Wolves have over 200 million scent cells.
- They can hear up to six miles away in the forest.
- A wolf's jaw has a crushing power of nearly 1500 pounds per square inch!
- A wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in one meal.
- Wolves were the first animals to be placed on the US Endangered Species Act list
- Wolves do not hibernate and can potentially be seen all year long.