Gray Wolf

(Canis lupus)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: It is the largest canine weighing between 95 and 99 lbs.

DIET: It eats mostly hooved animals like deer, but can eat smaller animals, livestock, carrion, and garbage.

HABITAT: It is a habitat generalist, meaning it is adapted to live in many environments. It can be found in deserts, grasslands, forests, and arctic tundras.

NOTES: There are 39 subspecies of the gray wolf. We have the Eastern wolf, also known as Canis lupus ssp. lycaon. It lives and hunts in packs and has a complex social structure.It is the only canine species that can be found in the Americas and the Old World. Wolf species have seen a serious population decline due to human hunting but are making a steady recovery worldwide.

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