Call of the Wild: Protection of Wolves
Today we went to a wolf preserve and saw timber wolves, tundra wolves, and arctic wolves. These particular animals were raised in captivity. We learned about their feeding habits (35 pounds of food at one time!), territory, and pack and dominance behavior. We also heard them howl; the haunting sound can carry for several miles.
It was amazing to see these magnificent animals up close and observe their interaction and communication. More importantly, they need to be protected in the wild. Defenders of Wildlife has current information about their population and range, and also their legal status and protection. Gray wolves are listed as endangered throughout the United States except in several states. Certain subspecies of the wolf have been removed from the endangered species list which will allow them to be killed and result in further decline of their population. Please see Defenders of Wildlife for the most current information and what you can do to help protect these vulnerable animals.
Gray Wolf, also known as Timber Wolf
A dark variation of the Timber Wolf
The Arctic Wolf, a subspecies of Gray Wolf
Tundra Wolf, another subspecies of Gray Wolf
We finished out our day by walking along the Paulinskill Valley Trail.
Stream flooded with rain water
A cooling stream