Wolves are social animals whose pack consist of a mated pair and their offspring. The average size pack ranges from 5 to 11 animals. Sometimes 2 or 3 families will form larger packs of as many as 40 plus wolves. They are monogamous and are occasionally known to adopt orphaned pups. Wolves are vocal animals and will howl to assymble their pack for a variety of reasons; communication, sound an alarm and to locate each other. In Northwest tribal lore the wolf is considered a medicine being, associated with courage strength and loyalty. The wolf Fenrer of Norse mythology was depicted as the son of Loki, the ancient Greeks and Romans asscociated wolf with the sun god Apollo.