White wolves

AmarokkExpedition Day: 47
Position: N 80° 44′ W 090° 49′
Distance: 28 km / 17 mi

Amarokk is the white dog in the picture. His name means white wolf in Inuktitut (language spoken by the Inuit of this region). He is not a lead dog, his position in the hierarchy of the team is pretty far down. A pack of dogs have the same hierarchy system as the wolfs. Alpha animals, leaders, beta animals, next leaders, and the pack animals.

For the last three days we have seen many wolf tracks and every day I’m
looking for them in every possible direction. We have not seen them yet, but I have a feeling that they will come and visit our camp soon.

There is a rumor that there is a pack of 18 wolves around the Eureka area. That is a large pack of wolves.

To day we saw wolf tracks, muskox tracks, hare tracks and arctic fox tracks. Interesting day for a person like me who loves looking at tracks. There is many things you can find out if you follow an animal track for a while. You can see some atitude, male or female from markings, what they hunt, where they live, etc.

Amarokk has now eaten his dinner and is sleeping in front of a beautiful iceberg in the evening sun. Maybe tomorrow we will see some of the animals that made all these tracks. I will keep my eyes open.



Norwegian Translation:

Amorokk heter den vhite hunden paa bildet. Amorokk betyr vhit ulv paa Eskimo spraak.
De siste tre dagene har vi sett mange spor etter ulv, men ikke sett snurten av dem. Sporene er ferske og mange og muligens er de nermere enn vi tror.
Amarokk er ingen lederhund aa befinner seg langt ned paa rangstigen innen hundeteamet. Flokken med hunder som vi har med oss har samme rang ordning som en ulveflokk . Alfa dyr som ledere, beta dyr som nestledere og flokk dyr.

Ulvene rundt her lever mest av caribou og hare. Det sies at det skal vaere en flokk paa 18 dyr I omraadet. Vi er ikke saa veldig bekymret for hundene, vanligvis bjeffer de naar besoket kommer og ulvene er redde for mennesker saa naar vi hopper ut av teltene forsvinner de mest sansynligvis like fort som de dukket opp.
Jeg lytter godt hver kveld og morgen for aa hore om jeg horer noen ul I det fjerne, kanskje en morgen om ikke saa alt for lenge faar jeg hore dem.

Det er mye spennende aa finne ut av spor ogsaa. Om du folger ett spor lenge nok kan du finne ut mye om adferd, kjonn, husly, mat osv. Spor som jeg vanligvis ser er, ulv, fjellrev, hare, rype, caribou, isbjorn og moskus.

Vi har hatt noen fantastiske varme dager. Kjorer hunder I bare t-skjorta og sola tar godt I fjeset.
Kanskje I morgen er vi heldige aa faar se noen av dem som lager alle sporene.



Further Information: Arctic Wolves

Arctic Wolf courtesy of Wikipedia

The wolves on Ellesmere Island are from a species known as Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos) are also called Polar Wolf or White Wolf. They are a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. Arctic Wolves lives in the Canadian Arctic and the northern parts of Greenland.

The wolves on Ellesmere are a bit smaller than the gray wolf, being around 3 to 6 feet long including their tail. Males are larger than females. They often weight over 100 pounds. Arctic wolves usually have smaller ears to help the wolf maintain body heat in the cold weather. They can live till they are around 18 years old.

Arctic wolves, like all wolves, hunt in packs. On Ellesmere they mostly hunt caribou and musk oxen, but they also hunt a number of arctic hare and seals.

Normally, only the alpha male and female breed (the leaders of the pack), but others may mate as well. Due to the Arctic’s permafrost soil and the difficulty it poses for digging dens, Arctic Wolves often use rock outcroppings, caves or even shallow depressions as dens instead; the mother gives birth to two or three pups in late May to early June.

The Arctic Wolf and the Timber Wolf are the only subspecies of the Gray Wolf that still can be found over its original range; largely because in their natural habitat they rarely encounter humans.

David Mech has done a lot of research on the White wolf. He has also spend time on Ellesmere Island with the population up there.



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