In Italy, The Night Is Alive With Wolves

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This soundtrack was recorded in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Imagine hearing this at night, in the woods; it’ll send a tingle up your spine.

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What’s you’re listening to is the sound of rutting deer and a howling wolf pack in the central Apennines. About 500 wolves still roam those mountains and the western Alps in Italy. The Italian Wolf is a subspecies of the Grey Wolf that averages in size about 55 to 75lbs. They roam the mountains in pack of two to seven individuals, preying on rabbits, mice and other small mammals.

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Illustration for article titled In Italy, The Night Is Alive With Wolves

The wolf is, of course, inextricably linked with Italian culture. In Roman mythology, a she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus, who went on to found an empire.

Often, hearing wolves is far easier than seeing them.

Top photo: Peter Lee

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samnada
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Just the name Dire Wolf gives me the shivers. The humans that lived with them and saber-toothed tigers roaming around, with no guns for protection, were made of stiffer stuff than I am.