Grey Wolves

Grey Wolves are the most dangerous members of the dog family.  They hunt in packs of 4 to 40 individuals, controlled by the alpha male and female.  They live in the continents of  North America, Asia, and Europe.

Red+Green=before human interactions Green =after human interactions

Red+Green=before human interactions Green =after human interactions

Depending on the location, wolves eat a wide variety of animals.  In North America, they eat bison, elk, deer, pronghorns, moose, musk oxen, mice, lemmings, squirrels,  prairie dogs, Ground birds, livestock, and carrion.  They live from Wyoming to Alaska, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic ocean.  Their hunting strategy is one or two pack members will bite the prey in the hind-quarters, while the others slash, tear, and bite at the animal’s  neck and stomach.

A pack of wolves hunts a bison in North America

A pack of wolves hunts a bison in North America

Grey wolves were nearly pushed to extinction in the U.S.A. and the U.K. because they kept eating livestock; which is much easier to catch then deer,elk, and moose because they do not fight back.  So then farmers started shooting the wolves that were near their ranches, nearly wiping them off the earth’s face…FOREVER.   But then the farmers noticed that the herbivore animals were eating all their livestock’s grass, so they let the wolves be; although some still shoot them.  forest wolf

If you are walking in the area wolves live, remember this; you have a 1 in 10,000,000 chance of being attacked by a wolf, and even slimmer chances of being killed.