Wolves are wild dogs. They have long legs and big feet to help them run, jump and catch their prey. This also helps them run through deep snow and brush. They run on their toes which helps them run even faster. When wolves are hunting a large animal they can run for miles without getting tired. Wolves have a really good sense of smell, better than their eyesight. If you are hunting them you can't wear anything that smells unnatural in the forest. They can smell from over a mile away. Their hearing is really good. They can hear other wolves howling from several miles away. They move their ears, like antennas, to find out where the sound is coming from. Wolves' fur can range in color from black to white. Usually a wolf will be a variety of colors so it can hide itself in its habitat.
Wolves can talk to each other by noises and by body language to show feelings. Wolf parents take care of their pups until they are old enough to take care of themselves and hunt for themselves. Pups wrestle each other like children. They play fight. They also play by themselves. They will chase their own tail until they catch it. They play like this to help them learn how to defend their own homes and to feel closer to each other. Wolves are very loyal and really smart.
Wolves mostly eat meat but they sometimes eat grass and berries. Wolves sometimes hunt alone. They would hunt smaller animals like beavers, mice, rabbits, squirrels and even fish if they can find them. Most of the time wolves hunt together in a pack. Hunting this way they can kill larger animals like moose, caribou, deer, bighorn sheep and buffalo. Each wolf has a job. They try to circle around their prey and they attack it from all sides.
The fur on a wolf is called a pelage. A wolf can have fur of a variety of colors on its skin. Did you know not all gray wolves have gray fur? The markings and colors on a wolf can be very different. The markings are helpful to a wolf when he is trying to blend into the hunting ground where he is.