Wolf Essay.

Essay by baseballwillruleMiddle School, 6th gradeA+, January 2006

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The name of my mammal is the wolf. The wolf is considered to be the ancestor of the domestic dog. It is a large animal weighing 60 - 120 lbs. It has powerful teeth used for tearing meat, a bushy tail and round pupils. Wolves live 6 - 10 years in the wild.

They used their sharp sense of smell and their excellent hearing to help them find their prey. Wolves eat small animals like rabbits, raccoons, mice and larger animals like deer. They even eat birds and insects.

A baby wolf is called a cub and a group of wolves is called a pack. The male leader of the pack is called an alpha male and it's mate is called an alpha female.

Niche: Wolves are very important predators in the food web. With the killing of so many wolves, other animals (their prey) are led to overpopulation.

Although humans fear the wolf's howl and are afraid of a wolf's attack, wolves avoid humans and almost never attack them. But, because of this fear, humans have killed many wolves. In fact, the gray wolf is threatened in some areas and the red wolf is endangered in many southern states due to humans. Today, wolves are being re-introduced in many states to help increase their population and prevent the wolf's extinction.