A Few More Words About Wolves

This is a continuation of my reminiscing about our big Siberian Husky, who lived with us for most of his 12 years.  We miss him still.

Part 1 is:   A Few Words About Siberian Huskies and Wolves

Who Can Forget the Lonely Howl of a Wolf?

Akula and Singing

Most evenings at dusk, our Husky Akula would start to sing.  He would howl with gusto!  The other dogs we had then joined in the singing, including our Chow, Wendy.

Wendy has carried on his habit.  Every evening about dark, she starts the schorus and our Lab and Bassett Hound chime in!

Akula has been dead for more than 5 years, and still they continue.  Neither the Lab nor the Bassett Hound ever met Akula, but they love to sing.

Wolves are Fascinating

Howling is part of a wolf’s pack behavior.  In spite of what humans belive, wolves do not howl at the moon.

To the wolf, their pack is everything.  A pack is a group of 8 to 15 wolves; usually they are an extended family.  There is the alpha male and alpha female, the pups and assorted subservient wolves.

Food is always an issue.  The alpha wolves are often assisted by the lower-level wolves to find enough to keep the pack fed.  Other lower-level wolves baby-sit the pups while the alphas are out hunting.

When a Wolf is Shunned

We often hear of the ‘lone wolf’.’  What is that?  It is a wolf that is shunned by its pack — perhaps for being a runt or one of the lower-level wolves who tries to take over the pack and survives (the fight).

This wolf can not join another pack but must create his own.  He may have to range more than 600 miles to find a mate and create his own pack.

While he is roaming, he is careful to circle around the marked territory of other packs.  If he doesn’t, they will kill him because he is not one of them.

When the Alpha Male Dies

Biologist Gordon Haber (of Alaska), compares the death of an alpha wolf to the death of a respected elder of a clan.

“Removing the depository of the group’s knowledge — for wolves the den-sites, trails, hunting strategies and interpack behavior — incapacitates the survivors.” *


* Excerpt from Wolves, by Daniel Wood.  1994:  Whitecap Books, Vancouver, page 13.


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