How loud are Wolves?

S_D_O

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I was bowhunting in Pioneer Zone opening opening week; hiked around cow calling looking for sign at 8500ft. Came into a clearing, heard a very loud bark followed by 4 very long very loud howls. I believe the wolf figured out I was not an elk and was calling off the pack. I did not get a visual, glassed the far canyon face for a while, completely quiet after that. So, how loud can these things howl? I know that’s hard to describe, but this seemed way louder than I would have ever expected. Granted, it was in a canyon, but still seemed crazy loud; practically felt the sound. BTW, did not see any elk!
 

Baerman

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In the right setting, still crips night with probably a very slight breeze in my direction, I've heard wolves howling on the opposite side of a large valley. I'd estimate it was about 3-4 miles away. Oct. 1 last year, I heard a wolf howling on a mountain top above camp at around 2 miles away. Just a few weeks ago, I heard a lone wolf howling on a ridge about 1.5 miles away that was not as loud as the previous encounters listed above. Sound can travel very far in the right location and environment.
 

MNElkNut

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they can also be quiet. Although a captive wolf, I watched/heard one howl at the grizzly bear center in West Yellowstone from about 50 yards and it was really faint.
 
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