Wolves are fascinating animals to be sure. Their howling sounds make them easy to identify.
As members of the dog family, wolves are similar in size to a medium or large dog.
So, how much does a wolf weigh?
The answer is going to depend on the species of wolf. Here’s a look at the weights of a few of the various species.
How Much Does A Gray Wolf Weigh?
Male gray wolves weigh more than females. Depending on where they live the size of wolves can vary, but male gray wolves generally weigh between 70 and 115 pounds.
Females weigh between 50 and 95 pounds.
How Much Does A Timber Wolf Weigh?
Timber wolves once lived throughout the US and Canada, but today the majority live in Canada and Alaska. Like other wolves males weigh more than females.
An average male timber wolf weighs 75 pounds.
Females weigh approximately 60 pounds.
How Much Does An Arctic Wolf Weigh?
Arctic wolves live in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. Their weight will vary based on where they live, but arctic wolves generally weigh between 75 and 125 pounds.
How Much Does A Baby Wolf Weigh?
A baby wolf, or pup, weighs about one pound at birth.
That don’t stay at that weight for long though. Pups grow up fast and in about six months they will be the size of their adult parents.
There are two species of wolf in North America, the gray wolf and the red wolf.
The red wolf was historically found from Texas to Pennsylvania but is now found in North Carolina only.
The gray wolf is the most commonly found wolf in North America.
There are five sub-species of the gray wolf: the Mexican wolf, the Great Plains wolf, the Rocky Mountain wolf, the eastern timber wolf, and the arctic wolf.
Why Do Wolves Howl At The Moon?
You’ve heard the old expression about wolves howling at the moon, but that is not factual. According to scientists, it’s really just coincidental.
That unmistakable sound is their way of attracting the attention of the rest of their pack or to warn off other wolf packs from approaching their territory.
Sometimes they howl because another wolf howled first. Kind of like you hear dogs barking. Once one barks the other dogs around will start barking.
~ Fun Fact ~
Wolves have an excellent sense of smell. They can smell another animal from more than a mile away. That’s due to wolves having about 200 million scent cells. Compare that to humans which have around 5 million scent cells!