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Timber Wolf

Poor Professor Remus Lupin cannot control himself once the full moon is out and he is transformed to a fearsome werewolf. Although perhaps not quite so horrifying as the mythical werewolf, the wolf itself is a powerful and cunning predator.
The grey wolf (Canis lupus; also known as timber wolf) shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog. Wolves can measure anywhere from 1.3-2m from nose to the tip of the tail, which itself accounts for approximately 25% of overall body length.

Natural hunters with immense strength
They are built for stamina, possessing features ideal for long-distance travel. Their narrow chests and powerful backs and legs facilitate efficient movement – sometimes across huge ranges. They are capable of covering several miles trotting at about a pace of 10kph, and have been known to reach speeds approaching 65kph during a chase.

Strong jaws enable bison hunting
The wolf’s diet includes deer, caribou, moose, yak, and other large ungulates. American bison weighing more than a ton have been taken down by a pack. A timber wolf has strong jaws with sharp canine and carnassial (cheek) teeth for tearing and chewing meat.

A wolf's jaws are so strong it can bite through a moose femur (thigh) in just 6-8 bites. Like other canines, they use scent marking to lay claim to anything - from territory to fresh kills.

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