Posts tagged ‘Wolves’

Why do wolves howl?

Wolves communicate with each other by howling.  Wolves live in packs that stake out large territories for hunting and raising families.  A pack of wolves likes to keep other packs out if its territory.  So one wolf pack howls at a neighboring pack, thereby warning it to stay away.

Members of a pack often howl to keep in touch with one another when they are hunting far apart.  Wolves sometimes howl together before they go hunting although no one knows exactly why.  But the popular belief that wolves howl at night, because they are lonely is not true.–Dick Rogers

Why do dogs bury bones?

Dog Bury A Bone

If we remember that our dogs are descended from dogs which lived in a wild state long ago, we can better understand some of their habits.

When a dog buries a bone, it may be because its wild ancestors often buried or cached what food they couldn’t eat in one meal to store it for a future meal, a habit which was necessary to life.

By burying food, a dog digs the hole with its front feet but covers the food with its nose.

Today’s dogs have many of the instinctive habits of their wild ancestors.

For example, a dog may turn around several times before lying down, in much the same way wild dogs trample the grass to make a sheltered bed.

When a dog bays at night, it is probably an ancestral habit from the time when all dogs ran in packs like wolves.

A dog may even roll in fifth to hid its own odor—a trick learned by dogs who hunted ages ago. – Dick Rogers

What are musk oxen?

Musk Oxen

Musk oxen are shaggy-haired mammals which resemble a small buffalo.  They line in the arctic barrens of north America.

The musk ox, is an odd-looking animal that resembles a small, shaggy-haired buffalo.  A fully grown musk ox may be little over four feet high at the shoulders and weight 700 pounds.

The musk ox is not really an ox.  It is a relatives of goats and antelopes.

The first part of the animal’s name is also inaccurate – it has no musky odor, as was once believed.  In the wild, must oxen are found on the treeless tundra and snowfields of Canada and Greenland.

They travel in small herds.  When threatened by wolves that, prey upon them, the herd forms a protective circle around the young.  No wise wolf would attack such a fortress of tossing honors!

Once united almost to extinction, the now-protected musk oxen are being raised much like sheep for the silky wool, called “quiviut” that grows underneath their shaggy coats.  Garments made of quiviut are very warm and tight in weight. – Dick Rogers