Why Do Wolves Howl?
Similar to the way that humans communicate with one another, wolves use howling as a tool to talk to their pack. But what does their howling mean? And is there any truth to the idea of wolves howling at the moon?
Whether wolves are howing to let their pack know where they are, or are using it as a way to warn rival packs not to enter their territory, wolves use barking, growling, whimpering and of course, howling, to talk to their fellow packmates.
Wolves by nature, roam through the forests and across great stretches of land to find food, so howling is their way of staying in contact.
L.D. Mech, a wildlife research biologist who has studied various species of wolves, discovered that wolves can hear as far as 6 miles or 9.6 km from their current location when in the forest, and up to 10 miles, or 16km when in open tundra.
This allows them to stay in contact at all times, and to keep their pack safe and connected, even when they are far apart.