This is Wolf Awareness Week, October 12-18.
This week is a great opportunity to learn more about this animal that is a vital part of the ecosystem. I had an opportunity to work with rescued Wolves and some Wolf-dogs. They are all a combination of wild spirit, instinct and love. I learned a lot from them and Thank these amazing animals for letting me share a part of their world.
Here are some Wolf facts:
Wolves play a key role in keeping ecosystems healthy. They help keep deer and elk populations in check, which can benefit many other plant and animal species. The carcasses of their prey also help to redistribute nutrients and provide food for other wildlife species, like grizzly bears and scavengers. Scientists are just beginning to fully understand the positive ripple effects that wolves have on ecosystems.
DietWolves eat ungulates, or large hoofed mammals, like elk, deer, moose and caribou, as well as beaver, rabbits and other small prey. Wolves are also scavengers and often eat animals that have died due to other causes.
Wolves have unique howls, like fingerprints, that scientists (and other pack members) can use to tell them apart.