The Alfa: The Alfa is the leader of the pack. They decide how big the pack is, what the pack eats, they are the breeders, and once an Alfa mates they will usually mate for life. The Beta: The Beta is the deputy of the pack. Basically all they do is wait for something bad to happen to the Alfa. The Omega: The Omega is at the bottom of the litter. They are the goofballs.
The Gray Wolf The Gray Wolf can be recognized by its spinetingling howl. They will howl for all different reasonslike to communicate, attract the attention of anotherwolf, send territorial messages, or just to copyanother wolf if they are howling too. They come in alldifferent colors from gray to black to all white. Theywill stay will their young until they are about 10months old. Most Gray Wolves will live up to 7-8years in the wild but some have lived for 10 or longer.They can live longer in captivity
Arctic WolfThe arctic wolves are one of the few animals whohave the ability to survive the harsh and freezingtemperatures of the arctic terrain. Arctic wolvesusually are white but they can be gray, or black.When wolf pups are born they are deaf, blind, andhelpless and completely dependent on their mother.When the pups are about 3 weeks old they areallowed out to leave the den. They can live up to 5-10years in the wild, but they can live longer in captivity.
Red Wolf The Red Wolf has large ears that help it for when itshot. This is essential in the often hot and climate ofthe southeastern United States. They live insoutheastern United States, usually in NorthCarolina, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge,and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Theyused to live as far as Pennsylvania, Florida and,Texas. The Red Wolf is Critically Endangered andneeds help. The red wolf can live up to 10-12 years,but some have lived longer in captivity.
The Mexican Gray Wolf The Mexican Gray Wolf was exterminated from the Southwest around the 1900s. Historically they were found throughout western Texas, southern New Mexico, central Arizona, and northern Mexico. The Mexican Gray Wolf is one of the smallest species of wolves. They can live up to 10 years in the wild but have lived longer in captivity.
Most people think that wolves are these horrible savages that will eat anything in sight. Those people are wrong. Wolves are actually very sweet. They only eat Elk, Deer and the occasional Bison. The reason that people think that wolves are evil is because of all the fables the we listen to. For example, in Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf is evil and eats the grand mother; all the Werewolf stories; the Three Little Pigs; Peter and the Wolf; and lots more.
This is the difference between what we think Wolves are like, and who they really are. Good Bad (not really)
The Indians believed that the wolf was one of the spirits of the forest. When they killed a wolf they would use every part of it to please the gods. They would always say a prayer to the gods when they killed a wolf, and they would thank the wolf for giving his life.
Once there was a Little Indian Girl who lived with her Tribe the Shoshone. One day white men came and killed many of the people in the tribe and wounded the rest, except the little girl because she was out in the forest picking berries. When she got back the camp was empty. So she went back into the forest to see if she could find her tribe. She wandered in the forest for awhile until she realized that she was lost, so she curled up under a tree and fell asleep. When she woke up she heard a cry off in the distance. Hoping it was one of her tribe mates, she ran towards the sound. Instead of her tribe mates it was a little wolf pup.Next page
The little wolf was stuck in a tree and even though she was scared, she helped the little creature. After she had helped the wolf she realized that it was already mid-day and she was tired so she curled up with the wolf pup and fell asleep. When she woke up there was a pack of wolfs surrounding her and the little wolf. It was the pups pack and they had come to give the little wolf some food and try to help it get out of the tree. The little girl was scared because her tribe had told her that the Wolf was a terrible creature. But suddenly one of the wolfs leaned down and licked her. Next page
While the little girl was living with the wolves, her tribe had not forgotten her and missed her deeply. They had sent scouts all over the country in search of her. One day some scouts were looking in the forest where their old camp used to be. When they heard laughter, they went to investigate. They saw the little girl surrounded by wolves, so they shot them all. When they got to the little girl she was crying and they checked her for wounds and found none. They asked her what was wrong and she said that the wolves protected her and were her friends. Next page
The little girl gasped, the wolf was supposed to be a terrible thing. Not something that licked people. Then all the wolves started to close in on the little girl. She screamed. The wolves darted away. It was around night fall when the wolves came back but this time they brought food. The little girl realized that the wolves were grateful, because she had saved their pup from death. So she ate the food gratefully. She stayed with the wolves for the next 2 years. Next Page
The scouts were very sorry that they had killed these wonderful creatures. And from that day on, they never killed a wolf in vain. The little girl always missed the pack that had saved her life. It is believed that when she died her spirit became a wolf. The End
Yellowstone is 2 million acres (it is bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware put together.) By 1940, over 387,000 wolves were shot. The last wolves seen in the park were a pack of pups that were killed. Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995. There are currently 11 packs and 6 loners in Yellowstone.
Wolf Haven started in 1982, and was startedcompletely by accident. The people who startedWolf Haven adopted a wolf puppy, and soonrealized that a wolf was not the best pet, so theycame up with the idea to help wolves who werein the same predicament. That idea soon evolvedinto helping any wolf in captivity. Wolf Havenhas 88 acres and 28 wolves, 4 hybrids, 1 coyote,and 16 SSP ( Species Survival Plan.) Wolf Havenbreeds both of the two most endangered speciesof wolf: The Mexican Gray Wolf and the RedWolf.
The wolves that come to Wolf Haven all comefrom deplorable (sad) situations. Pahana, one ofthe wolf dog hybrids, just came to Wolf Haven in2010. She had been living in a breeding facilityfor 12 years. She was never allowed out of hercage, and was tied on the neck by two collars. Shewas basically living in her own feces. When shegot to Wolf Haven she had no idea what grasswas. Fortunately Myta, Pahana’s sister, helpedher and Pahana soon got comfortable with theraisers and with the other wolves. She still can’thowl but Myta is helping her.
Os a male coyote (Carosel’s Mate) was found on a street corner in downtown Kirkland, WA in 2005 when he was about 12-weeks old. He has been living at Wolf Haven since he was found. “Os” is the Latin word for left eye, Os is nearly blind in his left eye. All of the attention to his eye has made him quite a social little coyote. Os is no longer with us.
Seabury can help save the wolves by adopting a wolf. I don’t mean you get to take the wolf home, but you give a little bit of money to Wolf Haven and your wolf. When you adopt a wolf you get a certificate, and a picture of your wolf. We also get stickers. Go to www.wolfhaven.org for more info (you can also hear the wolves howling )