Labrador Wolf (Canis lupus labradorius)

North American Subspecies Map. See also: world species map.

1.  Common Names

Labrador Wolf

2.  'Souls Range

Labrador and Northern Quebec.

3.  Appearance

The coat of the Labrador Wolf shows the usual Gray Wolf variation of white to almost black and everything in between. The typical coat pattern is light gray, with a typically lighter underbelly and darker back. It is similar in general only larger than the Eastern Timber Wolf; yet it is likely there would be far less evidence of potential coyote interbreeding with the Labrador Wolf than the Eastern Timber Wolf.

Canis lupus labradorius, from cosmosmith.com

The Labrador Wolf is a larger-sized subspecies, although it possesses a more lean bodily structure than the comparably-weighing Hudson Bay Wolf. It can range in length from about 4.5 to 6 feet (1.5 - 1.8 meters), and can weigh from 75 to 140 pounds (34 - 63.5 kg).

4.  Other Characteristics

Some question whether the Labrador wolf is a distinct subspecies or not. Some people call it the grey wolf or timber wolf, while others claim it's a separate species found only in Labrador and northern Québec. Because of its elusiveness and the vast, rugged land it occupies, it is one of the least studied wolves in the world. Labrador wolves are also rarely photographed in the wild.

4.1  Social Life & Diet

Labrador wolves hunt one of the largest herds of caribou in the world. They also prey on moose, musk ox, hares, beaver, and other rodents and fish. Their semi-nomadic lifestyle leaves them with medium-sized packs of about twenty-five canines. To follow with the migrations of the herd and sustain themselves, these canines generally occupy vast territories.

4.2  Survival

Prior to the extinction of humanity in 1988, this canine's original range was mostly untouched; despite their stable populations, due to this canine's numbers, it was regarded as endangered. However, since the destruction of humanity, they have flourished further, certainly within the range of a healthy population.

4.3  Luperci

Though most Labrador wolves are Luperci, feral lifestyles are preferred by these canines. They shift to ease hunting and interaction with the world, but it is rare to find them living in cities or even using old human homes as dens.

5.  Citations

  1. 1onewolf.com
  2. Cosmosmith.com
  3. Newfoundlandlabrador.com
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