Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by fangwolf » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:49 pm

I found out why thay do

It helps the sound waves spread out over the area
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Blindseer » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:54 am

fangwolf wrote:I found out why thay do

It helps the sound waves spread out over the area
what?
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by fangwolf » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:25 pm

The sound can travel greater distences
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Blindseer » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:31 pm

fangwolf wrote:The sound can travel greater distences
ummm what do you mean by that?

the moon has nothiong to do with it.
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by wolf seeker#2 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 12:33 pm

maybe because wolves mostly howel at night.
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Inoushi » Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:54 am

Probably stems from the fact people don't generally run into wolves and when they do they see them from a distance. And ofcourse the best place to see them from a distance is when they are up on a hill or something. And from that point it does look they are howling up at the moon. So thats probably where the notion came from. Plus wolves like to climb =] so that may have something to do with it too.
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Black Star » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:23 am

Part of the reason is deffinetly due to people hearing wolves howl at night more than day b/c they are more nocturnal. Fact is though, every dog howls just like wolves. It can be from excitement, or trying to locate members of the pack and that is the best way to communicate. The howling at the moon myth is deffinetly from stories and legends. Same as werewolves.

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by WildKid81 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:32 am

maybe because people are out more when the moon is full and hear them.

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Black Star » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:47 pm

You know, since this question, I have studied my pups closer, and when I take one out to go to the bathroom the other one will howl. When it's night time, and they paw at their crates or get irritated they howl. Yet, I have never heard them howl when the moon is full either. Hmmmm

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Jazkinz10 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:16 pm

well wolves really dont howl at the moon do u know how the sun and moon follows u (its really u moving)well the moon it always by them when thay howl

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by April » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:39 pm

Wolves howl all the time. People just seem to hear them more at night and they say they are howling at the moon. Idk
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by lovepink7392 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:42 pm

to tell u the truth i have no idea. ive really only seen that in scary movies lol cause wolves are usually portrayed as visious killers so the dark night and the moon and the scary lonely howl makes them sound scaryier lol. i dunno just a guess
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Chenneoue » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:40 am

Wolves do hunt at night, and hunting at night when a full moon out gives them plenty of light to see what they are doing. And in order to rally a hunt, there would be a lot of howling involved.

It is possible people associated these cercumstances to something else.

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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by ShadowsShadow » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:39 pm

Wolves howl as a means of communication; either keeping in touch with each other, singing sesions with pups, for the pure fun of it and for telling other packs that they better stay out of their territory. Most people tend to portray wolves as vicious killers who feast on human flesh and howl at the moon. In truth, most wild wolves(besides hand-raised ones) are scared of humans and tend to hunt on nights with the most light, like on full moons. People tend to notice it more on full moons because the full moon is associated with witchcraft and socery since ancient times with wise tails and bad luck omens. People are supersticious. A lot of times people see wolves, if they are lucky, howling with their noses pointed towards the sky, so they think they are howling at the moon. This position of their head makes their howls louder than if they howled at the ground and spread farther like a person with a megaphone.
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Re: Why people think wolves howl at the moon?

Post by Zelda101 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:50 pm

Wolfie10 wrote:i read somewhere wolves howl, and end up doing infront of a moon, so people think they howl AT the moon, when there just infront of it.
That is actually logical. At some angles, it looks like it.
Plus, I think I read somewhere that there hasn't been any evidence that show wolves are howling AT the moon.
Wolves howl to communicate with their pack, to call them, and odds are they appear to be in front of the moon, facing the moon or just happen to be in front of it. Plus you're voice would carry out farther if you were facing up then facing the ground or ahead of you, right?
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