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Why Do Wolves Howl?



Why Do Wolves Howl?

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     challenging words:    identify, social, purpose, warning, family, packs, nights, frighten, howl, however, lift, live, twice, single, toward, large


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Why Do Wolves Howl?
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Wolves live in family groups called packs. Packs of wolves hunt together. A pack of wolves can bring down a larger animal like a moose that a single wolf could not. By hunting as a team, food can be shared so that each wolf has enough to eat. Why do wolves howl? There seems to be many reasons for howling.
 
2     Wolf packs have home ranges that cover many square miles. Howls can help wolves identify members of their own pack or strange wolves. When hunting over a large area, members of a pack may become separated from one another. Howling is a sound that can be heard for many miles. Wolves howl to let the others in their pack know where they are. Howling may be a way to call a pack together before a hunt. When a pack of wolves howl together, they send a warning to other wolves. Instead of howling all together as a chorus, each howls in a little different way at different times. This makes it sound as though the pack is larger than it really is. A small pack of wolves can sound like twice that many.
 
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