Wolves communicate through a variety of howls, yips, squeals, growls and barks. Howls are most often a high pitched bark, followed by a short howl. No one can truly know what their language means, but we can make certain probable interpretations. Wolves howl to:
- attract a mate.
- rally the pack for a hunt and communicate strategy or position during the hunt.
- to frighten prey out of hiding.
- to announce an intruder.
- to alarm the pack.
- to express distress or lonesomeness.
- because they miss their friends.
- just for fun after play or excitement.
- to sing their song.