We don’t often hear our red wolves howl. Since he arrived in the fall of 2014, I’ve heard the male howl perhaps three times. I’ve not heard our female howl.
Previous wolves that have resided at the Museum, particularly the pair we had prior to our current residents, howled frequently. Nearly every ambulance or fire truck that passed by on their way to some emergency, or had been making the delivery of patients to the hospital just a 1/4 mile to the north, would set them off.
It’s with this infrequent howling behavior of our current wolves in mind, and the fact that this was the first time that I had actually been there to witness the howling, that compelled me to post this photo of our male.
If you’re thinking, “How does he know that it wasn’t the female howling on those other occasions when he heard one of the wolves howl, but wasn’t there to see who was doing the howling?” Well, I can only say this, our female spends a good deal of her time in her den. Whenever I hear howling, I high-tail it down to the wolves. It’s always been the male that greets me when I arrive.
By the way, breeding season is right around the corner. Our male is anxious.