Natural History

Gray Wolf

posted: 05/04/13
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GRAY WOLF, Labrador, Canada | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey | ARKive Animal Profile: Gray Wolf
Nick Lyon © Wild Horizons Ltd.

Unlike the bears of Labrador, Canada, the gray wolves have the stamina to track caribou for many miles. In this area, wolves generally hunt in pairs rather than packs, so we followed our pair of wolves as they traveled over thirty miles before they found a herd.

The female trapped a tiny calf against a rock, while the male set his sights on a bigger one. For several minutes, we watched as the calf was isolated from its mother and tried frantically to escape, but as the rest of the caribou scattered, the tenacious wolf brought down his quarry.

Nature is all about survival. To feed their pups, the adult wolves kill caribou calves, but the wolves' own young are also at risk. To a hungry bear, a wolf cub would make a tasty meal...

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