Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least,… » 11/28/14 1:00pm 11/28/14 1:00pm

Here Are The First Wolf Pups in the Cascade Mountains Since The 1940s

Remember the "wandering wolf," OR-7, who traveled from Oregon to California and back while wearing a GPS collar? The US Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that he's now a proud dad to at least three pups, thanks to some camera trap photos. » 7/26/14 3:31pm 7/26/14 3:31pm

A Pack of Zoo Wolves Escapes...Right Into The Polar Bear Enclosure

Canada's wildlife is at it again, but this time they're playing out a classic scene from literature. It's The Count of Monte Cristo, or perhaps The Shawshank Redemption, zoo style. » 7/12/14 7:21pm 7/12/14 7:21pm

Why Is Canada's Wolf Population Splitting Into Two Groups?

Chester Starr of the Heiltsuk First Nation knows that the wolves of British Columbia come in two varieties: timber wolves on the mainland and coastal wolves on the islands. Genetic research has finally confirmed what Starr's tribe has always known. » 6/11/14 3:51pm 6/11/14 3:51pm

New Mexico kids wait for the bus inside "kid cages" because... wolves?

In Reserve, New Mexico, children huddle together inside "kid cages" while waiting for the school bus. The wood and mesh structures, pictured below, were ostensibly built to protect young ones from being preyed upon by local wolf populations. Sound ridiculous? That's because it is. » 10/31/13 10:15am 10/31/13 10:15am

A wolf howl is the ultimate sign of respect (if you're a wolf)

Wolf howls are among the most recognizable—and, depending on one's situation, most fearsome—sounds in the wild, with their low pitch and long duration making them the perfect form of natural long-distance communication. But just why do wolves want to reach out to one another over the vast expanses of forest and tundra? » 8/25/13 5:00pm 8/25/13 5:00pm

Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack informs both our fiction and is how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least not in the wild. » 5/12/13 7:00am 5/12/13 7:00am

The Strangest Werewolves Ever to Grace the Screen

Hemlock Grove just gave us our latest iteration of the on-screen werewolf, but it's by no means the strangest. Here are some of the odder takes on these furry faced children of the night. » 4/27/13 4:00pm 4/27/13 4:00pm

How much caffeine is too much?

A lethal dose of caffeine is thought to be roughly 10 grams — about the mass of your standard #2 pencil. That converts to a whopping (but basically undrinkable) 4.69 gallons of coffee, or 120 standard cans of Red Bull. Still, 2012 saw several deaths linked to energy drinks in the United States — five were attributed… » 2/08/13 11:26am 2/08/13 11:26am

Russian babushka slays wolf with axe, bare hands

Do not cross Aishat Maksudova. The Russian grandmother was tending to her livestock when a wolf attacked her village of Novo Biryuzyak, Dagestan. So she cooly axed it in the head. » 11/14/12 6:40am 11/14/12 6:40am

Have you seen this Direwolf? Arya Stark's Lost Dog Poster

Arya Stark wouldn't dare put up posters to look for her lost direwolf Nymeria, not after that incident with Joffrey's arm, but if she thought she could get away with it (and if Sansa was willing to do the illustrations), perhaps her lost wolf poster would be as charming as Maritsa Patrinos'. » 3/18/12 11:00am 3/18/12 11:00am

33,000 year old dog skull discovered in Siberian cave

This skull once belonged to somebody's pet, over 33,000 years ago. It's one of the earliest known examples of the domestication of dogs — and it might actually mean modern dogs aren't all related to each other after all. » 1/23/12 5:00pm 1/23/12 5:00pm

Computer simulation reveals how easy it is to hunt like a wolf

Wolves are considered unusually intelligent animals because their packs seem to use complex communication and strategy. But a computer simulation reveals even the most complicated hunting pattern can be explained by two instinctual behaviors. This is bad news for animal intelligence. » 10/27/11 1:13pm 10/27/11 1:13pm

Science proves that most wolves are lazy jerks

The wolf pack seems like the perfect example of how unity can provide strength, of how fierce and often vicious hunters can work together for the common good. Unfortunately, that's a big lie. Turns out many wolves are freeloading bums. » 10/03/11 9:20am 10/03/11 9:20am

10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Landmarks Worth a Fantastic Journey

You can't travel to other planets or other times — not yet, anyway. But there are plenty of great landmarks from science fiction and fantasy that you can visit, right here on Earth. Here are 10 great fannish tourist destinations. » 5/12/11 10:38am 5/12/11 10:38am

Meet "Old Gray Guy," the interloper who saved the wolves of Lake…

The wolves that live on Lake Superior's Isle Royale are completely isolated from all other wolves...or so we thought. One immigrant wolf injected some much-needed fresh genes into the mix, and we know because of the poop he left behind. » 4/03/11 2:00pm 4/03/11 2:00pm