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

Gorgeous Photos Show Bears and Wolves Feasting Together on a Dead Whale

When a dead whale washes ashore, it's a meaty bounty for whatever carnivores happen to find it. Researchers were surprised to find brown bears and wolves, two predators that don't usually get along, sharing a whale carcass for more than four months. And they have the photos to prove it. » 5/18/14 3:32pm 5/18/14 3:32pm

Dogs that look more like puppies have an evolutionary advantage

In many ways, dogs appear and behave more like wolf puppies than wolf adults. Scientists have theorized that these "paedomorphic" features are the byproduct of selecting dogs against aggression. But a new study suggests this is no byproduct at all, but rather the result of a human preference for puppy-like facial… » 12/27/13 1:43pm 12/27/13 1:43pm

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

Thirty wolves howling in unison will give you chills

For his birthday, Giev Fowler's girlfriend took him to Wolf Creek Habitat & Rescue in Brookville, Indiana. There, with the pair standing among the sanctuary's (apparently very habituated) canids, one of the creatures started howling, which quickly "led to a symphony of howls from all 30 of the wolves." It's… » 3/26/13 7:05am 3/26/13 7:05am

Koalas + Wolf Jaws = Pants-Soiling Terror

Prepare for disappointment, drop bear aficionados. The photo at left of an extremely ornery koala has been circulating around the internet recently, but it's sadly just a manipulation of Flickr uploader Oz_drdolittle's photo of a drenched koala. And if you're bummed the monster at left doesn't exist, know that reality… » 8/02/12 3:00pm 8/02/12 3:00pm

This baby wolf and grizzly bear cub became lifelong best friends

Animals strike up plenty of strange interspecies friendships, but this one in particular is DEFCON 1 adorable. At the Woodland Zoo in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Lil' Bear the grizzly and Tala the wolf have struck up a friendship that has lasted six years. The only thing that could make this tableau any cuter is if the… » 2/09/12 10:35am 2/09/12 10:35am

400 hungry wolves overrun Siberian town of 1,300

Frigid temperatures in the small town of Verkhoyansk in Russia's Sakha Republic have led to the formation of an unnaturally large pack of livestock-hungry wolves. In the past four days, 30 horses have been devoured by this massive pack. Temperatures in Verkhoyansk can hit -56.2° Fahrenheit, and this particular cold… » 2/07/11 8:30am 2/07/11 8:30am