A carnivore related to the jackal and domestic dog, two species of wolves are recognized. One is C. lupus, the gray or timber wolf, which was once widely distributed in North America, Europe, and Asia. The other is Canis lupus rufus, the red wolf, which now only occurs in northeastern North Carolina and on St. Vincent's Island off the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species

Is the maned wolf the largest canid?

The maned wolf is only about 44 to 55 lbs. Although it is one of the tallest canids, it is far smaller (less weight) than canids like the gray wolf, which can weigh over 100 lbs, as well as some breeds of domestic dog, like the English Mastiff.

Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
Animal Behavior

Do wolves hunt mostly during daytime hours?

No, wolves will hunt at night because their prey might not be able to see them, and their night vision is better than their day vision......Wrong! actually they hunt both, day and night. (im someone improving this answer btw lol)


Are wolves legal pets in California?

Until very recently, wolves were an endangered species in North America. There is no state in the Union where wolves are considered to be legal pets.

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Does a gray wolf live in the forest?

Gray wolves usually live in forest type areas where they can get food like meat and raise their young.


Do both male and female wolves hunt for their pack?



What is the feminine form of wolf?

In English there are no masculine or feminine forms. English uses gender specific nouns for male or female.

The noun wolf is a common gender noun, a word for a male or a female.
The noun for a female wolf is bitch.

The noun for a male wolf is dog.


Why do wolves attack at the neck?

The wolves attack at the neck because they know that is a way they can kill quickly. They know it from instinct that it is a weak point in every living thing.

They learn this from experience. By attacking the neck, the airway of the victim becomes comprimised and they cannot run as far and leads to eventual suffocation. This also makes it harder to escape because of the added weight of the wolf. Even if the airway is not damaged this method can slow the animal so that the pack can make the kill. As a general rule, where the head goes, the body will follow.


How much do wolves sleep in a day?

they sleep during the day until about 12 pm i am not saying it is 12 pm but i think it is.


What is the Polynesian Wolf?

The Polynesian Wolf is another alias of The Southeast Asian Wolf, Asian Wolf, Dingo, Australian Dingo; they are all general terms referring to Asian wolves. [Canis Lupus family]

The debate is not if the wolves in Polynesia - Asia Pacific are wolves, the debate is when are they defined as dogs, since the difference between a dog and a wolf is that one is domesticated by humans, and one is feral breeding in the wild. Polynesian domestication methods of wolves in Pre-History most likely allowed and even encouraged feral instincts.

Asian Pacifican cultures very often domesticates these animals, so the term at some point becomes "Wolf Dog" because they are still wolves.

Asia, Indo Asia, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Islander [Polynesian} Regions

Domestic Dogs
Dog Behavior

Can wolves be trained to be loving house dog pets?

NO. Wolf cubs taken from wolf dens even as young as five days old will be quite fine until they're 8 weeks old, and then rapidly become quite wolf-like, independent, and difficult. Since they are among the strongest of the canines, like any other large breed of dog in terms of strength, speed, and power of biting jaws, with their uncooperative attitude, they can be extremely dangerous. It takes a minimum of eight generations of very careful selective breeding to create a domesticated animal from a wolf. Nova, 2010. However, since wolves prefer to avoid rather than cause trouble with humans, even owner-humans, they are not the most likely to bite -- being behind about five other dog breeds in likelihood of actual attack. But if they do, look out!

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No. Not because they are "vicious" or "dangerous" either. That is a myth. Wolves do not make good pets because they are timid and afraid of humans by nature. They are very smart, but hard to train and are stubborn and ignore commands anyway. They require intense amounts of socialization. The biggest reason why people do not own wolves is because they need a 1600 sq ft enclosure with at least 8 foot high fencing. Wolves cannot be in the house - they are extremely destructive and cannot be trained or disciplined other wise. So unless you don't mind losing all, and I mean ALL, of your furniture, torn up carpets, chewed up walls, and broken doors then I would not get a wolf.

Not to mention that it is illegal in the USA to have a pure wolf without being a sanctioned USDA approved facility. Also, there are no breeders in the USA who sell or breed REAL pure wolves. There is a big controversy over "wolf" and wolfdog breeders. Most "wolf" and wolfdog breeders that advertise wolves are actually selling (sometimes poorly bred) wolfy-looking dogs such as Huskies or German Shepherds or high percentage wolfdogs.

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I wouldn't recommend a wolf. My cousin has two VERY destructive Huskies, which have gotten out the house several times, ignored orders, and bite. These are very closely related to wolves, which proves that wolves are even MORE difficult to train. But if you decide to get a wolf, (Good luck) I'd imagine that they'd probably get out of the house, harass other dogs, which may lead to possibly killing any cat, rabbit, and small dog in sight. You might want to consider a wolfdog hybrid. They are legal. However, it takes a lot of know-how to be able to fully own and train a wolfdog.

Edit: There are exceptions. As a 30+ year trainer of War Dogs (in combat), K9s, and Protection Dogs (and having the required permits to rehab or own) I've had 3 wolves (brought to me by people that tried to gas the entire den). I've also spent a full cycle with them in the wild, solitary in the mountains and I love the big guys. They are NOT DOGS and not suitable as pets unless everyone they daily encounter has a similar training background and you have appropriate facilities. Definitely not family pets. They instinctively respond differently and have to be trained and handled differently. Staring into their eyes around an evening fire (these were wild wolves I'd gotten to know) and you'll immediately notice a completely differently level of intelligence. Not more or less than say an alpha German Shepherd, but different.

That said, my edit is to advise NEVER to acquire a wolf/dog hybrid. They may be pretty, but, by nature, confused between constantly competing wild animal with it's prey instincts and domesticated pet. People breeding them are are out to make a buck with little consideration of the consequences. By definition, they will never be clear headed or well bred but always "hard animals" to handle and dangerous to an average person. Even if you understand them to a large degree.

Even my own German Shepherd War Dog, trained to do irreparable damage when "sent" after an enemy loves kids and puts up with them pulling on his ears, tail, trying to ride him, etc., enjoys them all and is trained to protect them if they are threatened. He also dominates the wolf in residence that I'm rehabilitating (to be released back to the wild in Yellowstone). Though normally fine, if triggered for whatever reason, an adult male @ 285-300 lbs stands little chance and I've had it try me, for reasons unknown (incident resolved without injury to either). The point being, DO NOT acquire one.


How many toes does a wolf have on each foot?

they have 4 toes in the front, including a thumb like toe, which sits a bit higher on the leg.

they have 4 toes on the back paws :)


Do wolves eat people regularly?

Attacks by wolves on humans are rare but they do happen. For a list of attacks in North America click on this link.


What kind of family does a wolf have?

any wolves in the pack are its family

there are pack leader, Alphas, Betas, and finally Omegas

There are actually much more rankings in a pack if you want specifics. This is the rankings from the highest to the lowest.

1. Alpha (leader)

2.Beta (second in command)

3. Subordinates ("extras" like pup sitters)

4. Juveniles (the pups of the pack, them and the Subordinates can be at one pack ranking)

5. Omega (or scrap goat, lowest ranking in the pack. The rest of the pack usually takes their anger out on the omega.

6. (not part of a pack) lone wolf


When do wolves have their babies?

In the spring or summer.

Yes, wolves can only have pups in the spring. Arcitcs have them in May sometimes.

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How do you growl like a wolf?

You would make a rumbling noise in your stomach, and bring it up.

Or you could easily just go like, 'Aerrrrrrrrrr...', a really low sound.


How do gray wolves catch prey?

Wolves are generally pack hunters and must run down their prey. They like to separate out from the herd and will harry those ungulates who present united defenses and try to get them to run. Since wolves jaws are not that strong the prey is generally killed by loss of blood.


Do wolves eat wild berries?

yes. they do. they also eat grass and little animals that are smaller than them. but only if it is for 1 wolf hunting. if looking for food in a pack, then they choose to eat bigger, hoofed animals.


What eats the red wolf?

grizzley bears and that's it


What does delta wolf mean?

i believe delta wolf means head of the pack or head wolf.


Does the gray wolf have sexual reproduction?


English to French

What is a young wolf called in french?

"Le louveteau" is the baby of "le loup" (don't pronounce the p) and "la louve".


Could a wolf kill a man?

Although rare, such attacks do occur. Click on this link for a list of such attacks in North America.

Domestic Dogs
Dog Behavior

What is the best kind of dog to ever own?

a corgi


What plants do gray wolves eat?

Wolves willingly eat the berries of mountain ash, lily of the valley, bilberries, blueberries and cowberry. Other fruits include nightshade, apples and pears. They readily visit melon fields during the summer months.


Is the leader in a wolf pack always a male?

Nope, there is an alpha male, but the alpha female has more control over the pack. There can only be one female in a wolf pack, but there can be several males.


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