The Timber wolf is a very social animal who mates for life. The strongest male of a pack is usually the leader. All members of the pack care for the young which helps unite the pack. An average of 7 pups are born to each female in April-June. Hunters by night, they feed primarily on large mammals by chasing down their victims and will back track with prey to waiting pack members. Even though they kill only to survive, studies show that wolves play a key role in drastically decreasing the number of ungulates, sometimes beyond the rate of replacement, in any given area. The wolf’s only important predator is man. Interestingly enough, during the snowy winter months Timber wolves tend to follow the trail made by the leader to conserve energy.
Photo taken in Park Omega near Montebello, Quebec (Canada) with a Canon EOS 40D, a 70-200mm f2.8 lens and a 1.4t.c.
Image cropped and processed in AP.
Unperturbed Timber wolf