Grey wolves have long embodied the spirit of the wilderness. Once they had the largest natural distribution of any mammal except humans. Sadly, they can no longer claim this record as they have been lost from much of their former lands. Grey wolves still occupy a range of habitats including Arctic tundra, prairies and forests.
The young are born blind and deaf in dens and totally reliant on their mother, and the pack, for warmth and food. Hunting with the pack for reindeer and bison begins before the pups are a year old. There are almost 40 subspecies including Arctic, tundra and Arabian wolves, domestic dogs and the dingo. They are the largest of the wild dogs.
Scientific name: Canis lupus
While a pack of Arabian wolves feast in the night, a hyena gatecrashes their dinner.
While a pack of Arabian wolves feast in the middle of the night, a female striped hyena gatecrashes their dinner.
Wolf expert Isaac Babcock captures footage of pups from a new wolf pack.
Wolf expert Isaac Babcock captures footage of pups from a new wolf pack in the US state of Washington.
Coastal wolves reportedly catch fish, seals, sea birds and even forage for mussels.
Coastal wolves have been seen catching salmon but there are also reports of them taking seals, seabirds and even foraging for mussels.
Rare footage of unique behaviour as a coastal wolf successfully fishes for salmon.
Presenter/cameraman Gordon Buchanan captures unique behaviour of a coastal wolf catching fish and is his first close encounter with a wild wolf.
After a 70 year absence, wolves bred in Washington state but their future is uncertain.
The 'Lookout pack' of wolves crossed the border from Canada back into Washington state and were the first wolf pack to breed there in 70 years but their future seems uncertain.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Grey wolf distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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