There are many unique communication methods employed by wolves. Tail postures, eye contact, howling, scent marking are the most notable. But, if you take a moment to look at a wolf’s markings or pelage, you specific parts of the wolf may have a color pattern to aid in communication. Let’s start with the eyes. Direct eye stare is a sign of a challenge in wolf communication and we know that ears pricked forward signal a heightened level of arousal and a curl of the lip above the teeth can put the exclamation point on a message of dominance. If you look closely, you may see the black lips that contrast a white muzzle and a dark rim around the tips of the ears. A dark tip on the tail is a great way highlight a high tail posture of a dominant wolf. How about submissive wolf? Well, when a wolf submits, it exposes a white, pale chest and a white underbelly that may help notice as submissive posture. Finally, have you every noticed a wolf’s hackles? The dark coloration on the shoulder and rump are more noticeable when the hackles rise. Nature is amazing, and so is the effectiveness of camouflage for blending into a background. Do you notice Boltz’s ability to blend in with his forested habitat?
https://wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/white-iwc-logo-1.png 0 0 Lori Schmidt https://wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/white-iwc-logo-1.png Lori Schmidt2019-03-13 16:27:512019-03-13 16:34:59Boltz – Pelage Blends with the Habitat