Their large paws give them an advantage over their prey. It allows them to move easier over snow so they have the advantage while hunting. Wolves often use their endurance to tire out their prey before they strike.
Jaws & Teeth
When they do strike, their strong jaws and sharp teeth make easy work of their prey. Wolf bites have twice the strength of that of a German shepherd. Their jaw is designed to crush bones in a single bite, and wolves will chew through bones to get to the marrow inside. This strength also allows them to pin their prey down. They’ll often stop their prey from escaping with a well executed bite to the back leg tendons.
Although most of their features are bigger than their canid brethren, wolves have smaller ears in proportion to their bodies than coyotes, jackals, and foxes. They’re shorter and more rounded, but wolves still have excellent hearing. Wolves can hear each other howl up to 5 miles away.
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