Although a native tarheel, I came to the museum from Texas, where I taught Biology courses at a small college. In graduate school I studied the behavior and ecology of marine organisms (mostly crabs, lobsters and sea turtles).
You can find me in the Animal Department Monday-Thursday. Fridays I work for the Department of Innovation and Learning all day.
yES, OF coarse WOLVES AND DOGS CAN HEAR FREQUINCES THAT MOST HUMANS CANT
Posted by: Kelsey 2010-04-13 17:46:53
Wendy,Canines definitely can hear higher frequencies than we can but their vocalizations aren't in that range. Can you think of other reasons they might hear ultrasound?
Posted by: Larry 2010-02-17 13:54:19
That's awesome!! I love hearing them howl! Our last 3 brothers were marvelous at all howling together.:)
Posted by: Marilyn 2010-02-17 13:31:22
Holy cow, that is fantastic!
Posted by: Leslie 2010-02-17 09:46:09
Wolves and dogs have such a range in their vocalizations! Do they produce sounds we cannot hear?
Posted by: Wendy A 2010-02-17 09:15:01
Domesticated dogs, wolves, and coyotes are known to howl at sirens. Our old red wolves did too. Howling is thought to be a way to communicate over long distances ("I'm over here", maybe). Since signals degrade as they travel through the environment, animals often respond to sounds that are reasonably close to the qualities of the call. There is very little cost to responding incorrectly so higher discretion would not be rewarded.
Posted by: Larry 2010-02-17 07:29:23
Why do wolves howl? Are they trying to contact other wolves? If so, does that mean he thinks the firetruck is another wolf?