Hi...it's Windhorse, and I have done something unusual...what else is new? I've taken the liberty of copying my former pack sister Algiz' pages about wolves. She did such a great job, with so much information~and now the pages have been taken over and who knows where Mary went? If you see this, Mary...say hello! (I have written you an email at the address you had here.) With respect I have left your work intact...it needs to be shared. I'll remove it if you have redone it elsewhere on the web, and I would ask that I may link to it again. Our precious wolves are still under attack.
With Reverence for All Life,
oh boy...more repair needed!
The Den of Algiz
A place dedicated those of us who strive to protect these beautiful beasts.
Hi everybody and thank you for visiting my den. It is kind of small but I am still moving in. My name is Mary, but in here I am known as Algiz. I took my name from the ancient Norse rune meaning Protection or Protector. I thought it was only fitting since I want to protect and preserve these hauntingly beautiful creatures that I should take a name explaining what I want to do. If you want to learn more about me then visit my homepage, because in here I want to leave myself behind and hopefully open someones eyes to the unjust way that wolves are treated.
I have felt a kinship with the wolf ever since I was a small child. I shall never forget the first time I saw one of these majestic creatures. My family was visiting Yellowstone Nat. Park, we werewalking along a trail and I saw 3 wolves. I pointed them out to my father and we stopped to watch them. As they were walking away, the last one turned to look at us. We were all so perfectly still, we even held our breaths. The eyes of that wolf were so intelligent and beautiful made me wish that I could be one. Ever since that day, I have always loved the wolf. As I got older and I learned of the peril that these wonderful creatures are in, I decided to try to do my part to help them make a comeback and to protect them from further harm. This page is just another way that I am trying to help. I want to at least try to inform people that these as well as many other wonderful creatures are being destroyed every day, just because they are in our way. So please read on and learn some of the atrocities that some humans are doing how some of us are fighting back.
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[the links were taken over by a corporation, so they go to advertisements, so I am putting viable links in their place and leaving what works of Mary's~Windhorse]
Just like any other animal, Wolves communicatein many different ways. These pages are about communication among wolves. Have you ever noticed that when one begins to bark, all of the dogs around it start to bark too? Barking, growling, and whining are some vocal ways that dogs, and their wild counterparts, wolves, communicate. But they also communicate with body language and scent.
A lot of research has been done about wolves and the way that they communicate their,feelings and needs to other wolves. They use their sense of smell to communicate by "marking" territory the way dogs do, and by scratching the ground which may leave a scent if glands that are located in the feet are stimulated.
The scent markers may have many different functions. They tell intruders that they are entering territory that belongs to another pack, or tell members of a pack that they are still inside their territory. They may also help a lost member find home or help a pack locate a lone wolf. Wolves also identify each other by their individual scents. They often "scent role" by rubbing their fur on an object and thus transferring the scent to another place.
Wolves also howl and make plenty of other verbal noises to communicate. The growl, bark, yip and whine much like the family pet dog will, and for many of the same reasons. So since everybody can pretty much figure out why a wolf would growl or bark I am going to concentrate on howling.
Just before a howl, a wolf often whines and wags its tail. It may then lift its head and open its mouth and let out a long howl. Considerable tail wagging, excitement, and general friendliness usually accompany the howling.
After a pack wolves ends the howling session, there appears to be a period of fifteen to twenty minutes or more during which wolves will not howl. This is called a "refractory" period. Researchers have come to the conclusion that wolves howl for mainly 4 reasons.
- Because they like to
- Pack Assembly
- Pack Member Identification
- Ritual Howling
Because They Like To:
Wolves like to howl. While resting, a single wolf may start howling. The next thing you know, every wolf in the place is howling up a storm. When wolves howl, they do not always standup and raise their heads. Many times wolves will just lay on the ground and howl. Wolves like to sing just like humans like to sing. Like humans, not all wolves have a great sounding howl. Some howls are low and mournful, they may sound sad, but they are not. Some wolves have a high pitched howl and still others have a gravely sounding howl.
One of the main functions of howling seems to be as and aid in assembling the pack. It is not uncommon to see a wild wolf start howling and draw other pack members to it. This can be used in dense woods to bring a scattered pack together.
Wolves do not howl to start a chase. They will get together in a group to howl before they go on a hunt, this was covered above. When wolves are on a chase, that is after a moose, they are silent.
Pack Member Identification:
Howling may also be used to identify a wolf. Wolves tend to have very
different howls and other wolves may know which wolf is doing the
howling. Howling could be like a fingerprint for wolves.
The chart below shows information on three different wolves howling. It
is evidence that wolves can be told apart by their howl.
Wolves howl in a ritual
fashionbefore a hunt. When it is time to hunt,
usually in the early evening, the pack will get together. The lower
ranking members of the pack will mob the alpha male and alpha female
for a few moments. Then the entire pack will break out in a howl. It
sounds like a chorus of wolves. You can hear the harmony. No two
wolves will howl on the same note. If two do start to howl on the same
note, one or both will change to a different note. No one knows why they
to this, but they do. Most researchers guess that they do this to make
the pack sound larger then what it really is.
When the wolves return from a hunt, the wolves that stayed behind will
rush to greet them and many times a round of howling breaks out.
Wolves are very social animals and form strong bonds between other
members of the pack.
Listed below are samples that I (Algiz' links were defunct; perhaps Windhorse will find replacements) have found of wolves howling. As you will see, some sound mournful and some sound joyous, regardless, howling
is a language all to it's own, and one that we will probably never fully understand.
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With respect I have included the links from
"The Wolf Den."
This has beautiful wolf pictures and information.
Other wolf related sites of interest:
The Wolf Den
Wolf Rescue and Preservation Sanctuary
website has a map of wolf pack territories in the park, a wolf gallery,
and a recommended reading list.
Woods of Minnesota
A collection of wolf photos and wallpaper, stories, books and videos.
Learn all about wolves with Boomerwolf,
an interactive website for kids.
Send someone a wolf
ecard! This site has some great wolf pictures!
is a wonderful place to get more information
on this extraordinary animal!
To know which plants and animals are currently threatened or endangered,
visit the ecos.fws.gov site to search the U.S.
Endangered Species List.
The next time you're in Indiana, make sure you visit the Wolf Park!
What are wolves saying when they howl? Take a look at NOVA's site.
They even have audio files so you can hear the different wolf
Sanctuary - Arctic Wolf Rescue
of Wildlife has a wolf journal, videos, and the Adopt-a-Wolf
Visit the live Wolf-Cam
from the International Wolf Center
Mountain Sanctuary has news and ways you can help save wolves.
Appalachian wooden canes are good for long nature hikes.
wolf & wildlife reintroduction in Britain.
Dream Design - Internet Web Design
Source - Your one stop online resource for all things WOLF
Gordon Wildlife Art - Great artwork by a very talanted artist!
Wolfpics.net- Wolf, Nature & Wildlife Information & Images