12 Facts About Wolf


Wolf classified the domestic dog as Canis familiaris, and the wolf as Canis lupus.

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Wolf is the largest extant member of the Canidae family, and is further distinguished from coyotes and jackals by a broader snout, shorter ears, a shorter torso and a longer tail.

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Wolf has very dense and fluffy winter fur, with a short undercoat and long, coarse guard hairs.

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Wolf fur provides better insulation than dog fur and does not collect ice when warm breath is condensed against it.

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Wolf packs are typically settled, and usually leave their accustomed ranges only during severe food shortages.

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Wolf pups begin play-fighting at the age of three weeks, though unlike young coyotes and foxes, their bites are gentle and controlled.

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Wolf must give chase and gain on its fleeing prey, slow it down by biting through thick hair and hide, and then disable it enough to begin feeding.

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Wolf is a common motif in the mythologies and cosmologies of peoples throughout its historical range.

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The Big Bad Wolf is portrayed as a villain capable of imitating human speech and disguising itself with human clothing.

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The musical Peter and the Wolf involves a wolf being captured for eating a duck, but is spared and sent to a zoo.

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Farley Mowat's largely fictional 1963 memoir Never Cry Wolf is widely considered to be the most popular book on wolves, having been adapted into a Hollywood film and taught in several schools decades after its publication.

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Wolf'storic methods included killing of spring-born litters in their dens, coursing with dogs, poisoning with strychnine, and trapping.

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