What Are Wolves Really Howling At?

The moon is a big deal for wolves, right? Well no, but also maybe? Wolves are incredible creatures and this week marks Wolf Awareness Week. Here are some facts about these incredible animals and their noisy behaviors.

October 16, 2020
By: Discovery

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Wolves don't actually howl at the moon.


Wolves use howling to communicate.


When wolves are alone- they use their howl to find their pack.


When wolves are with their pack, they howl to announce themselves and establish their territory.


Wolves are nocturnal.


So, a lone wolf howling at night is likely just trying to find their pack— full moon or not.

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