Wolves have always been noted for their intelligence. Native Americans have observed the problem solving strategies of the wolf. The symbol of the wolf in Native American cultures represents direction and leadership, strength, endurance, instinct linked to intelligence, and family values.
Wolves are often seen following ravens. Why? Ravens can see farther and are carrion animals, that is they feed on dead animals. They circle the weak or injured animal waiting for their opportunity. Wolves on the other hand, are strong enough to kill but focus their efforts tracking and hunting then culling the weak, injured or dying . Why? The wolves are less likely to be injured and potentially killed if they hunt the weak. It is not uncommon to find wolves and ravens paired up as the raven indicates it has found potential prey so the wolf does not have to spend the time searching. Understanding other species while appreciating the advantages of teaming up or potential prey indicates problem solving, one aspect of intelligence.
Wolves also have strategies for their hunts. Often wolves will hunt in packs, coordinating their activities to achieve a goal. This requires communication and coordination of actions necessary to achieve a goal, both indicators of intelligence. They may scatter their prey searching for weakness or singling out the small or injured. They will frequently wait and watch for an opportune time to strike, minimizing danger to themselves and maximizing the potential for a successful kill. They may assess a situation and determine that it is too dangerous for them to pursue the prey. In those cases, they will give up the hunt. Decision making based upon data is a classic indicator of intelligence.
This wolf seems to be questioning, weighing options and deciding what her next move might be. "Intelligence" 8"x10" Acrylic on board.
As a wildlife and children’s portrait artist, Sandy Brooks uses pencils and pastels to capture through art her awe for the untouched and untainted in today’s pressurized world. Her works express the innocent emotions of animals and children who explore the world as one with unlimited possibilities, unaware of the barriers that hold us back from our own happiness. Whether her subjects are humorous or striking or dramatic, the end result is always intimate and inspiring.