Stamps on Wolf – Slovenia 2022
The wolf is the largest member of the family Canidae. It is the predator with the greatest impact on herbivore populations in the northern hemisphere. Its predatory way of life and conflicts with human populations as a result of its attacks on livestock meant that by the end of the nineteenth century its numbers had dramatically reduced across most of Europe and North America. In some areas it was eradicated entirely. Slovenia’s wolves are part of the Dinaric-Balkan population, covering the area from the Eastern Alps in north-eastern Italy to the mountains of Greece and Bulgaria.
Wolves live in family communities known as packs, headed by a mated pair. As a rule, the other members of the pack are their offspring, who help with hunting and rearing cubs. Only the lead pair mate. After around 64 days of gestation in a den the she-wolf gives birth to a litter of cubs (also known as pups), usually in May.
A litter usually consists of four to seven cubs, which are blind at birth and covered with short, dark fur. The cubs begin to leave the den after eight weeks and reach sexual maturity at 22 months. Wolves in Slovenia and the rest of central Europe usually weigh between 35 and 45 kg. They are highly territorial animals and need a large territory to support themselves.
Date of Issue – 23 Sep 2022 No Value Indicator Stamps – C Print run 30,000.