Gray wolves almost never attack humans. In North America, no human has ever been killed by a healthy wolf.
Facts About Gray Wolves
Gray Wolves are canines and when observing them you will find that their mannerisms and interactions with one another closely resemble domestic dogs. They growl, snarl, whimper, jump and dance around each other in play, and sometimes even bark.
Of course, we all recognize the plaintive howl of the Gray Wolf. I have often wondered if it is more of a wolf lament to a higher power about the injustices of this world.
Unlike domestic dogs, a Gray Wolf's life expectancy is only 7 - 8 years in the wild and is only increased to a 10 year life expectancy in captivity.
The Beauty in the Photos
The beauty in the picture is part of the pack at the Memphis Zoo. She lives with her brother and sisters. Shiloh is smaller than her siblings and tends to be a bit more of a loner than the rest of the group. She exudes a graceful elegance. That quality alone sets are apart for the others.
Even though she is clearly fair haired, when I visit her, I am reminded of the words of the poet, Lord Byron, “She walks in beauty like the night. Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that 's best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her eyes:”
The Gray Wolf Today
At the time of the publishing this article, the Gray Wolf is still listed on the US Fish & Wildlife Services Endangered Species List.
However, largely due to conservation efforts and to their protected status, the Gray Wolf is making a strong come back. Although they were almost completely wiped out, Gray Wolves are now thriving and may soon be taken off the endangered species list.