Wolf - The unrecognized companion

canis lupus For millennia no other animal challenged man's fantasy as much as the Wolf. The Wolf (Canis lupus) served as the perfect example for evil in fairytales and fables. Nowadays Wolves are often transfigured as noble animals. What is the origin of this special attitude of man to Wolves? Since Wolves are at the top of the food chain, the paths of humans and Wolves crossed again and again. At times when humans were still leading their lives as hunters and collectors, Wolves were among their major competitors for food. When they settled down and started raising cattle, it was again the Wolf which threatened their herds; the cattle was easy to hunt since it lost its natural escape behaviour. From the Wolves' point of view it made sense to search for nearness to the herds and thus to humans. But Wolves have never been a direct danger to humans. There are hardly any serious reports of free living Wolves attacking humans.

Keywords: gray

The Arctic wolf, gray wolf, grey wolf, mexican wolf, plains wolf, timber wolf, tundra wolf is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the gray wolf
A young / baby of a gray wolf is called a 'cub, pup or whelp'. The females are called 'bitch or fae' and males 'dog or brute'. A gray wolf group is called a 'pack or rout'.
Some facts about the
Gray wolf

Adult weight : 26.625 kg (58.575 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 21 years

Female maturity :669 days

Male maturity : 669 days

Gestation : 62 days

Weaning : 47 days

Litter size : 6

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 365 days

Weight at birth : 0.45 kg (0.99 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 5.25 kg (11.55 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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