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National Park - Forces of the Northern Range - Wolf Tracks
of sign - on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail between Tower Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs
in Yellowstone National Park.
taken June 2008
wolves (Canis lupus) are the largest member of the canine family. They
are well suited to Yellowstone where winters are
and severe. Wolves move easily over the snow on their large paws, their
thick fur keeping them warm.
have short bushy tails and short, rounded ears. They can run 43 miles
per hour on their long legs!
is a form of communication that is often heard on a calm Yellowstone night.
are born in April or May. The entire pack helps take care of them.
wolves are social animals that live in packs of five or more members.
They hunt, eat, and rest together. The alpha pair, one
and one female, are the leaders of the pack.
are born in spring in their den. While their parents are hunting, other
pack members take turns "babysitting.' Like other
young wolves learn important skills while playing with each other.
long legs allow them to race across the landscape for great
distances. Their speed, stamina and "teamwork" are extremely
Yellowstone, wolves' primary food is elk. Because the hunt
cooperatively with other members of the pack, wolves are able to
large mammals such as elk, moose, or bison. They also eat
small mammals, birds, eggs, berries and carrion.
exhibit made possible by a generous grant from the Yellowstone Association.
on the sign
addition to the text there are pictures of wolves, and a three dimensional
display of wolf tracks.
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