|Other Names||Dog squirrel|
The tree wolf is a small predator that spends most of its life in the trees. It is a fur covered mammal that moves about on all fours, leaping from branch to branch with ease. It greatly resembles a small wolf crossed with a large squirrel. It has mottled brown and black fur, bright eyes and a bushy tail. It is about 1.6 meters long from nose tip to tail tip and weighs about 20 kilograms. Tree wolves have a distinctive bark which is a short, sharp "hoot" sound.
Tree wolves are able to move through tree branches very quickly and with astounding stealth. They use this to their advantage when hunting high in the trees. On the ground, they are fast runners. Tree wolves are usually encountered alone and are solitary hunters. However, it is not uncommon for a pack of 4 to 8 tree wolves to hunt together. Such packs are able to hunt larger game and can even be a threat to an armed human. Tree wolves will only run from a fight if they feel outmatched. They dislike large fires and very loud noises, both of which can drive off tree wolves for a short time.
Tree wolves have a broad range and can be found in most forests throughout Ithria, ranging from the Pirate Isles up to the northern forests of the Northern Tusks.
Tree wolves are wild and difficult to tame. However, the elves of Cyrell have been known to use tree wolves as guard dogs and war dogs.
Tree wolves hunt a wide variety of game – hawk and smaller birds, squirrels, snakes, skyrunners, rodents, spiders, insects, grubs and so forth. Packs of tree wolves hunt deer and such. They supplement this diet with berries and bird's eggs. The tree wolf is a marsupial mammal and raises its young in a stomach pouch. A female will typically have a litter of 2-4 cubs once every five years.
Tree wolves are curious and brave and will not hesitate to snoop through a camp when it is undefended. Many adventurers have come back to their camp to find it torn apart by tree wolves and all of their food rations devoured. Tree wolves are primarily interested in food and will ignore shiny objects (unlike skyrunners).
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