Wolves howl for a variety of reasons. Pack members will chorus howl to defend their territory and rally the pack together. Most howls heard in the pack are chorus howls (involving three or more wolves). These group “sing-a-longs” may be started by any pack member, or they may be a response to the howling of a neighboring pack of wolves or a coyote. Wolves will even howl in response to something that just sounds similar to a howl, like a train whistle, fire or police car siren or even a human howling! Such howls, though social in nature, also serve to defend the pack’s territory against other wolves.
Wolves can recognize the voices of others. The howl of a packmate, of a known neighboring pack or a complete stranger will all solicit different responses.
Contrary to popular belief, wolves do not howl at the full moon any more often than at any other time of month. They also do not howl just at night. They do howl more frequently during the hours around sunrise and sunset, for they are more active in general then. Wolves also howl more often in the winter months than in the summer. However they can be heard howling any time of day any time of the year.
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We also have wolf howl CDs available!
Audio CD featuring Wolf Park’s wolves howling. (No music, just wolves)
This audio CD works in all standard CD players and features Wolf Park’s wolves in different chorus and solo howls, as well as coyote howls and growls, wolf puppy squeaks, and various other noises made by our animals. Nearly an hour of sound.
This is not a “wolves and music” CD. There is no music — just the noises of our wolves.