Arctic wolves in Minnesota adjusting to new pack

Curators of a Minnesota wolf center say that the arctic wolf pups that arrived in 2016 have reached their challenging years and have been testing behavioral limits this winter.

The Mesabi Daily News reports that Axel and Grayson will turn 2 years old this May at the International Wolf Center in Ely. The pups are troublemakers of sorts and will ride up on shoulders, mount each other and pull each other’s tails.

Center Curator Lori Schmidt says much of the behavior is instinctual and hormone driven. She says colder temperatures and snow can increase pack intensity.

Schmidt says young wolves start testing at about 9 months old and will reach full maturity between 18 and 24 months. She says their personality traits and attitudes can intensify during the maturation time.


Information from: Mesabi Daily News,