What It Means When Wolves Howl in D Flat

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On any given night, thousands of people gather together in the total darkness of Alonquin Provincial Park, silently waiting to hear a wolf cry.

“This is probably the largest naturalist-led interpretation program in North America, if not the world,” says Rick Stronks, the park’s chief naturalist in On Nature in their field guide to decoding the elusive call of the wolf.

The mysterious howl may mean “I’m a wolf, and I’m over here,” or “Go away–you’re not welcome here!” You’ll have a better idea of what to do after browsing this beautiful, photo-heavy piece by Ray Ford, complete with hair-raising wolf recordings. He writes: 

The roots of the public wolf howl reach back to the late 1950s, when biologist Douglas Pimlot was trying to locate wolves concealed in the park’s dense bush. Pimlott played recorded howls on truck-mounted speakers and listened for the response. The broadcasts received an almost instantand unnervingreply. The air filled with howls.

Source: ON Nature

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