Introduction

Animal: Arctic Wolf


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Why This Animal?

I choose arctic wolf because it eats many of other animals and i think it would be easy to make a food web on it sence its a carnivore,and also some of the animals they eat also eat meat and or plants to.Also i think the arctic wolf is really cool animal and are pretty.They live in harsh conditions so i think it would be fun to learn about how/they stand the cold weather.Also a couple weeks ago i watched a animal plant t.v show on a black wolf so i kinda had a good idea of how these animals live. This is why i choose the arctic wolf.


Arctic wolf features.

Body-

Big paws,can be white or a light cream color they look like a german shepard dog.the arctic wolf has a very heavy coat so they can stand the harsh wether conditions and not freeze to death.

what they do/life style-

They often are in packs of 6 to 7 wolfs,they hunt there food but they also may eat things they find thats already dead.They have to head wolfs the alfa male and female.The alfa female is the only one in the pack that is allowed to have pups.The pups are normally born in the spring. If one of the wolfs leaves the pack the would become a lone wolf. They have alot of trouble with hunting, finding/being excepted into another pack, and he or she may have alot of trouble with the other packs attacking them.When it comes to shelter they live in caves.



Research location-

In the summer alaska can be around 38-59 degress,summer temperaturessometimes rise to 95 degrees depends where you are!In the winter it can drop to -60 degrees.As you can tell it gets very cold in alaska!!!!Arctic wolf is located in Asia, Europe, and the Arctic Circle in North America.

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My animal food web-




My wildlife monitoring technique-

I choose gps collars because cameras would not work in my climate its cold windy and snowy. The cameras wouldn’t work the best and would get covered up by the snow.Gps would work better you can track the animals and also we can tell and learn more about when they sleep hunt and also find more stuff about how long they live.Also who wants to say outside for hours in the cold to watch wolfs.I think the longest i could stay out is one hour!


A trip to Alaska:

Day one-

On my way to Alaska I was getting very excited to watch the arctic wolf and be in a very different climate. When I get off the plane I’m already to go to my location in which arctic wolfs have been seen. When I get to this location I sit in a tree stand. As I watch I can see in a distance a pack already! This is very rare to see a pack right away so when I’m looking through the binoculars I can identify the Alfa male and female leading the pack. There is six wolfs in the pack which is an average pack size. When I watch these amazing animals it comes to mind the temperature is below zero. I know they are fine because of their fur. As these animals go along I see them stop and I’m wonder why, but then I see a herd of musk oxen. I’m thinking in my head I am going to see the arctic wolf pack hunt the musk oxen. Still watching the musk oxen form a circle but in one spot it’s weak so one of the wolfs separates the herd and the musk oxen run the wolfs get one of the younger musk oxen’s. After this long day outside I head back to the place I’m staying and I get to bed because I believe I have a long day of watching and sitting outside in the cold tomorrow but I love the arctic wolf so I would do anything to watch them and see how the act towards other animals and things.

Day two-

Woke up at 6am!The people i have been working with to make this trip happen told me there is a blizzard so we will be monitoring where the wolfs go by gps!Fine with me i want to know how far they go or where!At 8:00am i get down to the station where i will be tracking this group of wolfs.Shary my partner says they are east of the station about 5 miles away.It seems to be moving faster and faster then the pack might slow down.


Day two tracking map-



Day 3-

Another day at the station i have been so happy about my experience here i have two days left in alaska and i plan to make it a great last experence.

8:30 am wolfs are gettting up out of there caves and dens.

9:00 am wolfs are on there way to the big water way where there could be musk oxen.

9:30 am one of the wolfs is dieing the collar is showing it by really fast beebs this is so exciting!

10:00 am another wolf died we dont know what is happing we have an idea that the wolfs are getting attacked!!

7:00 pm we have decided after a day of watching wolfs and calling other people watching other packs that another pack attacked them. But we wont know until tomorrow morning, we are going to pick up these bodys and remove collars.


Day 4-

So we all are at the station packing up to go see the dead wolfs.
9:00 am we get to the location
9:30 am after looking around/testing water and and looking at tracks we have a idea of what happened
the wolfs get to the small creek a couple of them go off around the sides and find a dead musk oxen the ones that ate this meat got sick and died cause the meat was bad the musk oxen died of illness so when the wolfs ate them they got alot of germs and illness's.so we clean up the rest of the dead musk oxen and we also picked up the wolfs.Its a limiting factor.

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