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A few things you probably didn't know about wolves

  • Wolves don’t make good pets. Unlike your sit-for-a-treat schnauzer whose ancestors came to the fire about 25,000 years ago, wolves have survived thanks only to their instincts. Chief among them? Avoiding humans in an increasingly crowded world.

  • The wolf was once one of the world’s most widely distributed mammals with a habitat that ranged from the high Arctic to as far south as India. Persecution has reduced its population to a third, with extinction in Western Europe, Mexico and much of the United States.

  • Iconic canoeist Bill Mason set out to dispel the myth of the bloodthirsty wolf by relocating three young wolves to his Quebec acreage. His 1972 documentary, Cry of the Wild, offered never-before-seen glimpses into the tender moments of pack life. 

  • Ever heard the saying, it takes a village to raise a child? Wolves would agree. The entire pack assists with raising, feeding and protecting the cubs. Usually only the alpha pair of a pack will mate, and most wolf couples stay together for life. Aww.

  • Listen up Game of Thrones fans: Dire wolves aren’t fiction. These prehistoric wolves lived in North America two million years ago and hunted woolly mammoths, but they weren’t the size...

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