Why do wolves howl at the moon?

Why do wolves howl at the moon? If you notice, once one wolf starts howling, they all start howling. You’ll also notice that dogs do the same thing, one starts a howl and they all follow with grunts, then whines, then a full-blown howl! One reason wolves howl is to communicate with each other – if the wolf has been separated by his pack, he’ll howl to find and communicate with his packmates. Howls are very loud and can be heard from a great distance. Another reason wolves howl is to tell how close they are to neighboring packs, that way they can stay away from each other. Interestingly, the assumption that wolves howl at the moon is only that – an assumption, nothing has proven that wolves are actually howling at the moon, although some say that wolves may indeed howl more when the moon is out just because they’re out more due to the light the moon provides which allows them to see better at night.



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  1. Argentus Aureus says:


  2. Argentus Aureus says:

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  9. Moonwolf says:

    i love wolves and know for fact that wolves howling at the moon is just an old wives tale… they howl just to communicate thats simple enough but is it not true that they also howl for a lost one?

  10. Ookami says:

    A pack howling at the moon is doing so because it brings them closer to each other.

  11. akshita says:


  12. Sensible says:

    Okay so here is the down low. Wolves howl because thats how they communicate. People talk to communicate. The moon to wolves is the like the sun is to us. I’m sure millions of people have woken up and yelled good morning to the sun. Even if it was just once in a life time kinda thing. Even more of us probably just think it in our heads. Know why.. cause we are afraid to be judged. So wolves not having the whole judging problem probably say good morning to the moon too.

  13. ireallyluvwerewolves says:

    DUDES!!!!!!! Wolves howl at wat ever because they are signaling the pack
    usually theres a scout wolf and he searches for good hunting spots so when they find one they howl, i know my wolf history iv studyed wolves they amaze me even though i am one i still think theyre amazing

  14. sam says:

    i love wolfs and i no a lot but i did not no that. 🙂

  15. NaTiVe DaRk WoLf TaYlOr says:

    wolves are misteriious animals… there is much to learn about their way of life.

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  18. bre says:

    maybe 6they howl for different resons.like, maybe, oh well. i ll have to find out when i becomea werewolf, so i can tell you.

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