And while it is extremely rare for a healthy, unhabituated wild wolf to attack humans, old myths and fears (plus competition for land and prey) threaten the survival of this wild canine. Gray wolves, who were protected under the Endangered Species Act for almost 50 years after they were hunted to the brink of extinction, are now being trophy hunted in several states.
As a top predator, these animals are vital to the ecosystems in which they live. With gray wolf numbers still recovering, the return to hunting could be disastrous. That's why we're fighting to maintain federal protections for gray wolves as well as advocating in state legislatures for fair treatment of these remarkable animals.
Wolf howls are like human voices—each is unique, so pack members can tell them apart. The animals howl to introduce themselves, announce their territory, communicate with their group and express emotions that range from joy to grief. The calls also serve as an alarm clock, with alphas first using the sound to rouse fellow wolves from sleep and then continuing it to energize them for the day ahead.
Congress is beginning to vote on a spending package that could decide whether gray wolves and other species maintain protections under the Endangered Species Act and whether America's wild horses and burros remain protected from slaughter. Tell your legislators you support these protections for animals.