Gray Wolves have become one of the most popular symbols of wilderness in the Unites States. After surviving a history of hatred and misunderstanding, the Gray Wolf is making a comeback. Measuring 4.5 - 5.5 feet from nose to tail, this 50-135 lb canid has been shown to be more closely related to domestic dogs than any other canid.
Their large paws, strong back and legs, narrow chest, and thick undercoat, help make the wolf the ultimate snow-adapted predator capable of eating up to 22.5 pounds of food in a single sitting.
They can reach speeds of 25-35 mph for shot periods and are capable of traveling up to 30 miles in a day.
Living in packs of 2-36 individuals, they inhabit territories of 50 to over 1000 square miles that they protect against invaders.
The wolf howl has a number of functions including summoning the other pack members, announcing their presence to other wolf packs, and reinforcing social bonds. The Gray Wolf is second only to humans in its adaptation to climate extremes and has become an indicator species of ecosystems healthy enough to support large predators.
This drawing is the fifth in a series of larger drawings of the fauna of the Northern Rockies.