Black Wolf Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 The Black Wolf
  • 0:31 Color and History
  • 1:05 Appearance & Weight
  • 1:46 Hunting Techniques
  • 2:18 Family & Pack Life
  • 3:18 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

The beauty and intelligence of the black wolf has captivated people for ages. In this lesson, discover for yourself some interesting facts about the black wolf!

The Black Wolf

Imagine that you're a scientist walking alone in a dark forest looking and searching for a majestic creature, a creature that symbolizes freedom and strength, but also one that must be respected and at times feared. You step out of the woods and look across an open field. There it is: a powerful black wolf, illuminated by the full moon. What is it about these animals that have you so captivated?

Color and History

The black wolf is really just a color variation on the gray wolf. Scientists have discovered that the black color is not a natural color for a wolf. Instead, the black fur comes from the genetic makeup of the domestic dog. What does that mean? It means that somewhere in history, scientists don't exactly know when, dark-colored domestic dogs bred with the gray wolf. Scientists also believe that this cross between a wolf and a domestic dog happened somewhere in North America because it has the largest population of black wolves.

Appearance & Weight

Black wolves look like a mix between a German Shepard and a Malamute. They have a sharp nose and pointed ears, but it is their penetrating eyes that are most captivating. These wolves usually grow to somewhere between 60 and 140 pounds, with males being bigger than females. The largest wolf ever recorded was a black wolf living in Yellowstone National Park that weighed in at 143 pounds.

Wolves are covered by big tufts of fur that help them survive in even the harshest of habitats, or natural homes. Black wolves can be found in almost every type of habitat from the Arctic tundra to a desolate desert.

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