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Back Orders: Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos)

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 by in Carnivores, Mammalthons | 4 comments

Canis lupus arctos
The arctic wolf, which Nancy requested, is a subspecies of the gray wolf. It’s a little smaller with a shorter nose and ears and a white coat year-round. The arctic wolf is very isolated in the northernmost parts of North America and in Greenland, and the World Wildlife Foundation tells me that it’s the only wolf subspecies that isn’t threatened, which is good news for it, at least.

Meanwhile, wolves in Alaska are up against the nightmare of aerial hunting, which you may want to help stop. (That link includes a video that isn’t terribly graphic but does show the hunting, which is upsetting.)

Arctic Diary: Tracking Wolves from the BBC
(by a professional explorer, a job title that I didn’t know still existed but I’m sure glad it does)
Arctic Wolves and their Prey from the NOAA


  1. I love this one- my favorite so far. Keep up the good work!

  2. One of the most beautiful and perhaps misunderstood mammals is the wolf. Historically demonized, hunted, and killed, it was close to eradication here in the states.

    Luckily programs in Yellowstone National Park, the State of Minnesota as well as others have restored some balance to this exciting and awe inspiring gift to this earth.

    I truly appreciate your inclusion of this magnificent animal to your collection.

    I have 6 canines (all rescues) who as you well know are the closest cousin to the Wolfe. It is nothing short of spiritual to watch them interact with one another as we trek 5-6 miles a day through the woods maintaining their connection to their roots


  3. Thank you, Phil! The encouragement means a lot!

    Tom, you’re right about the wolf. I worry that we’re going to start moving backward again in regard to its status. It’s such a complicated situation now, though, and hard to solve.

  4. Great blog post! I actually write werewolf romantic suspenses, but base their wolf counterparts on the real thing. So I’m always looking for information on the species. They’re majestic animals, and it’s a shame how much bad press they get. Hopefully blogs like yours will help awareness.

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