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Sequim, WA 98382

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WOLVES (Canis lupis)

Full grown wolves may measure up to 6-1/2 feet from the nose to the tip of the tail and weigh up to 175 pounds in the far north. They range in color from black to white, but the typical animal will be gray with lighter underparts and legs. Some sort of face mask on all but the white and black individuals is typical.

Wolves are coursers, running game until it tires and turns to make a stand. Then while some members of the pack distract the prey (large game animal), other individuals dash in to attack some vital spots (cutting hamstrings or ripping open the abdominal cavity). Thus weakened, the animal drops and is overwhelmed by the entire pack. It has been said that such hunts on large animals are successful only in about 1 out of 200 tries! So, between successful hunts, wolves must depend on lesser game and plant food stuffs. They do not disdain rabbits and hares, voles or lemmings or even birds, but they also eat berries and various plants in season. In the southern part of their range, snakes and lizards are eaten with relish.