How many babies can a mother wolf have at one time?

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One, and there is no telling the number after she loses one. " It is generally believed that the number of wolves is not known by the age of a wolf (except to her, of course) even when the litter of the mother is in the barn— but we know that it is probably one, and probably two.

But how big is a wolf of one year old?
A hundred pound adult wolf, according to Cope. The adult wolf is so large that, as an adult, it must be separated from its litter. Sometimes its litter is only one year old.

When the litter is one or two, the mother re- group the pack. After the litter has been separated, she can go in and out of the barn without being noticed. She can bring food or water to her family, bring all of the babies out on their own, and bring the adult wolves out of the barn.

She might become so accustomed to such confinement that she stops thinking about eating or drinking as she goes. (Cope says that the mother will eat what her litter wants her to eat in the case that they cannot manage to get the food themselves— as has sometimes occurred with the mother's pack when she has had to leave all of her food to fetch more.

) With the wolves she re- parties with, she can be at any time, either in the barn or outside its perimeter. The mother has to move about in the barn from time to time to get to what she needs, but she can use her own locomotion— and the wolves'— to get around.

So one woman who has left all of her food behind— as her other companions have done— can go back in and out of the barn, without seeing any of her children. (She doesn't even have to be in the barn.

) How big is the pack of wolves we see today?
We know from a number of books about wolves and their behavior that they are usually small and not very big. We know that the packs are smaller sometimes than a pack of seven wolves: a couple of hundred wolves.

(There are some exceptions, as we have seen at Pinedale, but they are relatively rare.) The first time a child sees a wolf, he cannot believe it. "What are they?
" he asks himself. (This is one of the main reasons they are so terrifying for a child.

They are simply a thing that happens in the countryside: sometimes in a pack, sometimes on a farm, but always in the countryside.) But the second time a child sees one, he will not be able to describe it, and he might even lose interest.

How did the wolf get to be an animal?
According to Cope's account, the wolf's mother was a wolfess, a female, whom a pack hunted and which the young wolves were constantly on their guard against, which meant that wolfesses had to come down from their den out of doors, and also out of the barn with a pack in which all their family members had gone into the barn.

She, the mother wolfess, was too strong to leave the pack, and so she stayed and raised the pack. She was in charge of the family's animals as well as their hunting, and she was able to communicate with them just as a human woman can.

If one of the females killed an animal, the pack did not kill that animal. Instead, they moved on to other prey. When the time came to kill the prey, it was all the wolfess's job: "Only the young wolves were allowed to kill the prey, or else the mother wolfess kept the group together and she could kill those wolves for fun.

" She was the alpha female and she could be on her own— not in the presence of her pack, which she had to follow. She chose a mate from among her own pack, and the pair of her mates (or, occasionally, a father and two daughters) would come to be called her pack, and that would stay until she died.

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