What Do Wolves Eat?


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Pippin Wolfe answered
Wolves are carnivores, but they will also eat other foods. Deer, moose, elk, elkryn, and other big game are usually eaten, as wolves live in a pack, so they can bring them down, but wolves (especially in lean times and the pups) will also eat earthworms, grasshoppers, frogs, and berries.

To avoid using too much energy to catch their food, wolves prey on the weaker members of the herd of prey, such as old, young, or sick animals.

Only in winter, when the prey herds wander and migrate, will wolves eat mice, birds, or fish. It is not often (except in young cubs, who will catch mice as practise for when they are older) that they will eat these, as they wander behind the herds to keep their prey.

Sometimes, wolves will eat carrion. They will even fight off a bear to get meat.

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Anonymous answered
Wow, no body has actually answered the question...anyway, here is a GOOD ANSWER:
Wolves generally hunt large, hooved animals including red deer, roebuck, buffalo, elk, moose, mountain goats, sheep, musk ox, and bison. However, when prey is scarce they will eat smaller animals such as fish, beavers, voles, rabbits, otters, raccoons, woodchucks, musk rats, mice, and even shellfish! And when they are SUPER hungry, they'll even eat berries! The reason I know all of this is because I had to do this huge project on wolves in school...anyway, I hope this helps! :D
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heather hilton answered
Wolves are carnivores but they will eat other foods as well. Their diet ranges from big game, such as elk and moose, to earthworms, berries and grasshoppers.

To avoid using too much energy catching their food, wolves prey on weaker members of a herd, such as old, young or sick animals. In summer, when the herds migrate, wolves eat mice, birds and even fish. They may also eat carrion.

Wolves eat their food very quickly, probably to protect it from being stolen, and to decrease the chance of attack from other predators. They eat the best parts first, and come back later for the remainder, as they can't afford to be wasteful. They will hide food in the snow, or icy soil, which helps to preserve it, and protect it from scavengers.

Wolves can eat every 5-6 hours when there is plenty of food available, or they can fast and live on scraps for 2 weeks when there is less food around.

Their digestion is very efficient, with all but 5 percent of large meat feeds able to be digested. Any splinters of bone that are not broken down somehow become wrapped in undigested hair, which protects the intestines from injury.

Pups are fed by the adults who disgorge fresh meat from their stomachs, or carry back fresh pieces of meat to the den.
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Wolves are more Opportunivore than Carnivore.  They'd eat table scraps if they got a chance.  Yes,  they'll take down a large animal when they get the chance.  When they don't, they'll kill something small including mice.  They'll not only eat carrion, but they'll stash their abundance in the rocks after a good kill and eat it later.  What makes mice especially interesting to them is the game, playing with them.  They'll also enjoy fruits when they get the chance, and plants.
I was a Zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo for a while and took care of the Wolfpack.  I read everything I could find on wolves at the time.
Once, a new wolf, Elka,  from the Chicago Zoo was introduced to the pack.  They tore her up every time a train passed by.  I was in the Wolfpack Woods once putting out blocks of  a meat product called Zoopreme, when they attacked her.  I banged my emptied buckets together and ran them off.  She was between me and the gate.  She slowly walked over to me, cautiously, and put her nose firmly against my knee.  She'd never been handled without being tranquilized.  I just stood there telling her it was okay, trying not to shake.  She leaned against my knee for what seemed like 5 minutes.  Then she backed away.  After that, she came up to me, about 10' away, every time I fed.  Months later my Supervisor saw this, threw a fit and removed me from taking care of the wolves!
All the wolves normally ran as far away from you as possible when you entered the Wolfpack Woods.  Well-fed animals will rarely bother humans, with possibly a few exceptions such as wolverines and some bears.  I've been in an enclosure with nothing separating me with a wolverine, cheetas, wolves and other big carnivores, but I wouldn't advise crowding any wild animal.  Some of the worst animal bites come from smaller animals, even non-carnivores.
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Wolfs they can eat pretty munch anything they get there paws on som to stop this make sure you bercatul all the doors and when he nedds to go out put him on a leash so you have controll over him and make sure he nows that your the master not him any soon enough he will stop eating any kind of animlas
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Usually other animals smaller or larger than them them are very aggressive. Wolves are more afraid of us than we are afraid of them I should know I have petted a wild wolf before. He was sweet you just have to stay calm and don't let it smell your fear.
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Yo whassup man!!!!1
Anonymous commented
A wolve is a bg member of the canine family
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Nichole Herrera commented
Ok so there is no possible way that you could have petted a wild wolf before. If this so called wolf let you approach it, or it approached you, then it was not a wild wolf. It was most likely a wolf that was raised by people and then dumped back into the wild. Not really wild. A wild wolf would smell you coming from miles away and would be gone before you even knew he was there
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What they can catch usually small animals, they are carnivores.
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Pippin Wolfe
Pippin Wolfe commented
I disagree, wolves hunt in packs, so they mostly bring down deer, moose, and other large animals.
Anonymous commented
They can, but the ones that live near my parents never hunt in packs and they tend to do more scavenging than hunting... Some even were friendly enough to come say hi while I rode the horse and let me pet them... Kinda weird though...

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