July 17, 2013

Monster Wolf Facts

  • Wolves are quite the adaptable species. Evident from their natural range, they are capable of living in a wide range of environments as long as an adequate food source is present.

  • Wolves on Vancouver Island inhabit the intertidal zone of the Clayoquot and Barkley region, consuming salmon, beached whales, and seal carcasses. They often swim between islands in search of food and shelter.

  • Modern dogs are the direct descendants of wolves, and the two can interbreed, creating wolf-dog hybrids that exhibit physical and character traits anywhere between the two extremes.

  • A major clue to canine identity comes from the tail. Wolves have straight tails, whereas dogs usually have tails that curve, sometimes over the back.

  • Another key physical feature that distinguishes wolves from dogs are the ears. Wolves have erect, rounded, and furry ears, while dog ears can be floppy, come in a variety of shapes, and lack the fur inside.

  • Wolves have impressive jaw strength, capable of exerting a pressure of 1500 pounds per square inch when they bite. That's twice the pressure of a German Shepherd!

  • The physical attributes of wolves are not the only things that distinguish them from dogs. Wolves are naturally more aggressive, while dogs are more sensitive to human social cues in a way that hand-reared wolves are not.

  • Not only is aggression a genetic trait, but there seems to be a direct link between lower aggression and the physical features that distinguish dogs from wolves.

  • Dogs have evolved the ability to digest a more varied diet than wolves. Studies show that dogs can be up to five times better than wolves at digesting starches, the main nutrient in grains such as wheat and rice.

  • Dogs exhibit more range and frequency in their barks than wolves do. Though dog barks are not fully understood, it is evident that dogs reveal emotions through their differing barks, perhaps a product of domestication.

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