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The Wolf symbolizes free will, the ability to escape. Wolves symbolize unity and toughness. Since Wolves are also related to dogs, they will also represent loyalty and friendship. Wolves are usually leaders, and run in groups called packs. A wolf that hunts, and lives on its own has no pack, and therefore is called a lone wolf. Wolves also are known for their adaptation and evolution powers.

In Native American folklore the wolf is a pathfinder. In other cases, wearing the pelt of a wolf granted some of their warriors immeasurable strength, and was said to be able to transform them into wolves themselves, becoming "Skinwalkers".

Similarly, Ancient Greece associated the wolf with that of King Lycas, who tried serving his own son at a banquet for the Gods, and was punished by being transformed into a wolf. His name was then forever associated with the term "Lycanthrope", or "Werewolf".

In Christianity they are said to represent greed and destructiveness, while in Chechen (and generally also Ingush) lore, wolves are almost always portrayed in a positive light, either as an equivalent for the nation, or as the loving "Wolf Mother".

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