Why do wolves howl?
But just Why do wolves howl?
Wolf howls can be quite mesmerizing. Scary too, if you are in their vicinity – but if you are somewhere at a safe distance, wolf calls can actually be very enticing. Even your dog howls, and since they are related, it raises the curiosity in your head: why do wolves howl?
Well, there are several reasons why wolves may start howling. The first reason is to communicate to other wolves that this is their territory. In this case, the wolf howl translates into “stay away, or you’re minced meat.” This type of howl can happen whether the wolf sensed an intruder or not, and it can simply be a mere precaution.
Wolves may also howl in order to find their pack members in case they are lost. You may see that wolves are all dangerous and loners in the forest – but usually, they travel in packs. And when one of them gets lost, they howl – and when the others howl back, they can find the pack.
The howl of a gray wolf can go across several miles. Plus, wolves have good hearing – so while the human ear may not be able to hear the howls, wolves are usually able to hear them. Even if they are at a great distance, a wolf howl can guide the pack member back.
Wolf howls can also be a social thing – for something as simple as checking in with the pack. Think of it as a courtesy phone call. This howl will help them maintain relationships with the pack, communicating that they are still there and that they miss the pack.
Last but not least, an obvious reason why a wolf may howl is that they are looking for a mate. Wolves are pretty much monogamous, so if they get paired, they will stay together “until death does them apart.” That being said, before they find their mate, they need to let the females know that they are available, powerful, and interested in breeding.