Why Do Wolves
Live In Packs?
Wolves don't have easy lives.
Often they have to travel many
miles to find prey.
And most wolves don' catch every
animal they hunt.
Their prey have strong defences.
Deer and Caribou can run faster then wolves.
Huge musk oxen fight off wolves by
standing in a circle with
their horns facing out.
To help them catch prey, wolves live and hunt in packsof 8 to 12 members.
Each pack stakes out a large territory
as its hunting ground.
Wolve mark the territory by
urinating along its boarder.
They feircely defend the territory
against other wolf packs.
Wolves find food for
themselves and their young.
Large packs of wolves can
more easily capture large prey.
For example, a large pack might
attack a moose rather then a deer.
Pack hunting is especailly important
when pups are born.
A litter of pups may need more meat
then two parents alone can provide.