Most people have a good idea of what a wolf looks like, even if they have never seen one outside a zoo. The most common wolf in North America is the big timber wolf.
This wild relative of the dog looks very much like a large German shepherd dog and lives in the remote mountains and forests where few people live.
A timber wolf may be nearly 5 feet long and weigh well over 100 pounds. It is also called a gray wolf because its long shaggy fur is usually gray, but it can be most brown, black or almost white.
Timber wolves often work together in packs to hunt for their food.
People who make a study of wolves think that the howls of wolves in the nighttime are calls to other wolves to help keep the group together even long distances.
Fearsome stones are often told of wolves attacking people but few reports of a wolf attack have been proved in North America. – Dick Rogers