about Wolf Moon

The moon is closer to the earth in January than in other months, so it appears larger. Some first nations peoples called this moon the “Wolf Moon”.

For millennia, humans scheduled hunting, planting, and harvesting by moon cycles. Ancient cultures the world over gave full moons names based on the behaviour of plants, animals, or weather during that month.

Much lore surrounds a full moon, from witches and werewolves to weather prediction. But, canine experts have found no connection between the phases of the moon and wolf howls. Full moon or not, wolves howl at night because they’re nocturnal. And they point their faces up to allow the sound to carry farther. Howling signals location or a warning to outside wolves. But it’s fun to speculate.

And sometimes, wolves howl just for the fun of it.

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