Gray Wolves, also called Timber, are the largest members of the canid family. They were once widely spread on the vast territories of the Northern hemisphere. Yet, human impact and habitat reduction have played a deadly role on the species. Nowadays, the Gray Wolf is considered endangered in some areas of the United States.
Gray Wolves - DescriptionGray Wolves have always been associated with courage and perfect hunting skills. They also were the synonym of wilderness and the spirit of freedom. The Gray Wolf is a predator that is equipped with necessary strength and senses to pursue prey. It has long strong legs, a narrow chest, and a thick fur. The fur varies in color from black to pure white. Grizzled coat is more common in the Gray Wolf. Males are usually larger than females. An average weight of an adult Gray Wolf is about 16-60 kg (40-176 pounds). The length of the body and the tail approximates 100-150cm (3-5 feet). The bushy tail with a black spot on the backside is carried down.
Gray Wolves - Habitat and DistributionThe Gray Wolf is most common in areas with abundant prey. The species seems to prefer remote regions, yet its habitat is not restricted to forests and mountains. Gray Wolves do perfectly well in arid areas. These wild canids were once well distributed throughout the northern hemisphere. However, agriculture development and pursuit by man reduced the population of the Gray Wolf. Nowadays, the Gray Wolf is most likely to be seen in remote areas of Canada and Alaska. Gray Wolves also occur in Minnesota, Idaho, Michigan, Washington, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, and some other states. Generally, the population size in these areas differs greatly. Track registration, live capturing, and radio appliance collars help to determine the population size of Gray Wolves.
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