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Do wolves howl more during a full moon?

[large thumbnail url=”do-wolves-howl-more-during-a-full-moon” filename=”facts” year=”2009″ month=”11″ day=”19″] [thumbnail icon url=”do-wolves-howl-more-during-a-full-moon” filename=”facts” year=”2009″ month=”11″ day=”19″] According to Jeremy Heft, a wildlife biologist from the Wolf Education and Research Center, uses his expertise, and personal experience, to determine if this is merely a wolf myth, or fact.

You are probably ready for me to dispel a popular myth here, but quite the contrary I plan to turn this supposed myth into reality. The answer is yes, wolves DO howl more when there is a full moon. Wolves, as well as many other nocturnally active predators (technically wolves are considered crepuscular, most active at dawn and dusk, but remain active throughout most of the night hours), tend to be more active during a full moon because it is much easier to see prey and hunt.

When wolves are more active, they howl more. So, in my 11 years of experience of sleeping next to the Sawtooth Pack, I can certainly attest to the fact wolves do howl more during the full moon — which also makes for an even more wonderfully eerie night!

Jeremy Heft, Wildlife Biologist — Wolf Education and Research Center
’09 Summer Sawtooth Legacy Quarterly

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