Why do wolves howl?

A wolf pack relies on teamwork to hunt prey and defend its territory. By working together, a pack can take down much larger animals. And nothing builds team spirit like a good group howl, one of nature’s most haunting sounds. Wolves howl in a chorus often: when they wake up, before a hunt, perhaps even for fun. Audible up to ten miles (16 km) away in the right terrain, a howl also functions as the pack’s long-distance phone service. Wolves will howl to call members to a meeting site, warn of danger to the pups, or tell neighboring packs to keep off their land.


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