Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf (Canis lupus irremotus)
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North American Subspecies Map. See also: world species map.
Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf
Northern Rocky Mountains to Southern Alberta in Canada.
The Northern Rocky Mountain wolf is typically a lightly colored wolf; its now-extinct cousin, the Southern Rocky Mountains Wolf, was generally the darker of the two subspecies. The Northern subspecies includes more white and less black than the Southern subspecies did; in general, the subspecies prefers light coloration, with the occasional black coloration mixing in.
The Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf is a larger subspecies of North American gray wolf, typically weighing from 85 - 135 pounds (38.5 - 61 kg). They stand at an average of 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder, making for a more stocky build than other subspecies.
This wolf was thought to be nearly extinct; however, a small pocket of this subspecies was discovered, and as a result of protections on the animals, they were able to recover. The closely-related Southern Rocky Mountains Wolf (canis lupus youngi) was not so lucky.
Though many of these wolves are Luperci, feral living is still common throughout their isolated range; they actively try not tend to mix with other subspecies, thanks to their near-extinction. Some canines have begun to pick up on more humanized lifestyles; however, such a thing has yet to achieve vast popularity within this subspecies.