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Amazing Animals: Wolf Quiz
by Staff
Thousands of years ago, domestic dogs split off from wild wolves -- we can still see common behaviors in both animals, such as stalking, hunting and playfulness. But life in a wolf pack is extremely regimented to maximize the chances for survival. Take the wolf quiz and see if you're the leader of the (knowledge) pack.

Which continent are wolves not native to?

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia

Why might a wolf voluntarily leave its pack?

  • old age
  • prey availability
  • aggression from pack members

What term is used to describe the lowest-ranking wolf in a pack?

  • beta wolf
  • omega wolf
  • zeta wolf

How many wolves did wildlife officials bring into the United States to revive the dwindling wolf population in 1995?

  • 14
  • 29
  • 63

If you encounter a wolf, what should you do to keep safe?

  • turn around and run the other way
  • don't utter a word
  • don't approach closer than 300 feet (91 meters)

Which of the following wolves are the most competitive in packs?

  • female wolves
  • beta wolves
  • adolescent wolves

What behavior will alpha wolves exhibit that subordinate pack members won't?

  • licking other wolves' muzzles
  • urinating standing up
  • waiting to eat

What are wolves doing when they howl at the moon?

  • just that -- howling at the moon
  • communicating with other pack members
  • locating potential mates

What ranking did wolf expert Shaun Ellis hold in the pack he lived with?

  • alpha
  • beta
  • omega

Which of the following is not a benefit of wolf pack life?

  • group hunting
  • mating
  • protection