The tundra wolf is a description and photo than eats, interesting facts

The wolf has many different subspecies (scientists distinguish about four dozen), but the external differences between them are practically absent.

 Mostly these predators are usually divided into several large groups:

  • tundra;
  • forest;
  • desert-steppe.
  • Naturally, all these species are characterized by a common ancestor, it is worth emphasizing that it is precisely the individuals living in the tundra that have a larger addition. But this can only seem, because the northern wolves have fluffy fur with a large volume that protects them from low temperatures, which can give some unnecessary sizes.


    Tundra wolves have everything necessary for survival in the Arctic conditions, although in reality the differences between the inhabitants of the tundra of Siberia, Yakutia or Taimyr are not at all noticeable. Such wolves are very similar in their appearance and the image of existence on predators from Alaska and tundra in Canada.  Most often, such animals can be seen in open areas in the foresttundra and tundra, and the habitat depends on the spread of the feed base and this is mainly ungulates and, of course, on climatic conditions (primarily from the depth of the snow cover).


    The coloring of the tundra wolf differs from the appearance of the forest counterparts it is lighter with a reddish tower and gray under his belly. The shades of coloring are quite diverse-but they are all bright: from bluish-gray to reddish. Adult individuals are much lighter, and by the end of winter they fade and lose color even more. Although among the tundra wolves you will not meet white animals that are found in the Far North.

    The paws of wolves are usually perfectly lowered and equipped with a strong hair, which increases the area of ​​support for comfortable movement in the snow. Powerful pillows on the paws are formed closely, in a lump, and decorated with keratinized epithelium.  With this structure, the hind legs have the opportunity to step on the trail with the front ones and when the flock moves, it is difficult to conclude about the number of moving animals in the footsteps.

    What eats

    The tundra wolf is a typical predator, and mammals (large and medium) are the main fodder base of its nutrition. It can be deer (mainly calves and important), as well as arctic foxes, hares, rodents, fish and bird. Also, these predators are able to eat carrion, attaches attacks on traps of hunters.

    In summer, their diet is much more diverse these are many birds (migratory birds, eggs, chicks). Often there is also livestock for example, more than a third of the livestock of deer (in t.h. and domestic) die from attacks of tundra wolves in the spring and summer periods.

    It is proved that a flock of several tundra wolves (about five or six individuals) is capable of driving a deer weighing more than a hundred kilograms at a time. There is nothing remains at the site of the feast, except for horns, hooves and bones.

    Tundra wolves have very fast metabolism and after several hours after the meal, the stomach will be almost empty. Moreover, the daily need of wolves for food is a maximum of six kilograms (depending on the time of year). Predators are able to eat in reserve and often hide the prey for the future.

    In winter, wolves are able to eat everything that they can get even carrion (ruin cattlecuffy) and their own relatives. Many hunters watched the picture when wolves lose their shot predators, or just attacked their fellow tribesmen with the whole flock.

    Natural enemies

    Wolves are predators, and rather they are enemies for many animals in the tundra. But they also have enemies so, only a fifth part of the wolf (no more than 20%) live to puberty. Typically, a tundra wolf lives for about 12 years. The main enemy of these animals is nature itself the strict framework of the climatic troubles of the North: cold temperatures, lack of food. Of course, all this significantly affects the number of this species.

    Interestingly, the main predatory enemy of the tundra wolves are the wolves themselves, because the sick and weakened individuals are instantly lost by a flock. This is a natural law that allows you to survive the strongest and leave for the propagation of the best and worthy representatives of the population. Moreover, this extermination applies to those animals that fell into traps or were poisoned.

    Like any animals, wolves suffer from parasites ticks, scabies (moreover, it manifests itself less often than that of foxes), fleas, nemes that are transmitted to them with food. Beshent is especially dangerous for the wolf and in nature these animals are the main tank for this terrible virus.

    Tundra wolves are resistant to various diseases because they lead a fairly separate way of existence. Wolves are quite plastic in the environmental sense of the type of animal that is able to adapt very quickly to severe and changing living conditions. Basically, they are not harmful, and they ruin deer farms and hunting grounds so, in the Arctic, hunting for wolves is allowed everywhere (often this is even done from aircraft and helicopters).

    Interesting Facts

    Tundra wolves capable of feeding on almost any animal food (traps of hunters, carrion, sea inhabitants) mainly lead a separate lifestyle they live either in pairs or alone.

    In cold weather, they are lost in packs and these groups are kept very separately and are characterized by hostile manifestations for any brothers of any unfamiliar groups. But, surprisingly, in such flocks, a fight is very rare. Communication with strangers and the protection of the territory occurs at the level of contactless communication marks, voice accompaniment and howl.

    Any predator who accidentally falls on the territory of someone else’s flock will instantly leave it by meeting the corresponding tags. Thanks to this order of the border between the flocks of wolves, many years are preserved and if suddenly it happens that the number of flocks will change significantly towards reduction, then the site can be guarded even by one pair of wolves.

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