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You might have read fairy tales that depict wolves as bloodthirsty killers, but if you’ve read your Zoobooks, you’ll know that they are skilled hunters well-adapted to harsh climates and limited food supplies. Their keen senses give them an edge in hunting—they can smell prey from more than a mile away, and they can hear other wolves howling from several miles. Being able to communicate with other wolves is key, because wolves are pack animals that play, raise young, and hunt together.

A wolf can weigh about a hundred pounds, but wolves’ ideal prey is the moose, which can weigh a thousand pounds. Since moose are so much bigger than wolves, the pack needs to work together to bring one down. Even when working together, life is hard for predators, and they might catch only one moose for every sixteen that they go after. When food is scarce, wolves turn to smaller prey, including squirrels, geese, and even mice.

Since wolves use teamwork to find food and raise young, they are called social animals. This means that they depend on each other to survive. If that sounds familiar, it’s because humans are social animals too! Can you think of any ways that humans, like wolves, work together?

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