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 Wolves average 3 feet in height and up to 7 feet in length. They resemble large dogs (most like German Shepherds) with black or gray fur and a squared muzzle. They have long legs for reasonable speed and large paws for traction and walking over snowpack. Quite a bit larger than coyotes, wolves have been known to kill coyotes. They live in semi-open areas and migrate to lower elevations in the winter in search of food. They are not as fast as the speedy cats in the rockies and depend on skill and cunning to catch their prey. Wolves are fully capable (in packs) of bringing down large animals in the Rockies. As with all animals, they will seek out the young, sick or elderly animals in a herd. A wolfs' hunting and patrolling area can be as large as 300 square miles.

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Attacks against humans by wolves are almost unheard of, and despite this were hunted almost to extinction across Canada. Their populations have rebounded and we can be thankful that wolves and other animals have prevented Alberta from being overun by mice and other rodents (except rats as there are no rats in Alberta).

Canis Lupus.
They may look like the neighbors
dog but these animals are true wild!


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Grey or Timber Wolves are seen through out the province but populations have been culled by humans. Best places to see wolves are near Pyramid Lake (Jasper), Maligne Road, Medicine Lake, Yellowhead Highway (highway 16), and near the Athabasca River.

Wolves are known to have a very complex social structure. They communicate with each other at a level higher than any other animal on earth with the possible exception of whales and dolphins. Communication techniques include scent marking, verbal sounds, body language signals and many others. These are signs of enhanced intelligence.

You can hear a wolf howl on a clear night up to 12 miles away. It is a sound universally accepted as kind of spooky. However this is part of the wolf's communication net and may also be a pleasurable release for the animal much like singing is for humans.

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