Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf (Canis lupus irremotus)

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  1.   1.  Common Names
  2.   2.  'Souls Range
  3.   3.  Appearance
  4.   4.  Other Characteristics
    1.   4.1  Survival
    2.   4.2  Luperci
  5.   5.  Citations

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

1.  Common Names

Northern Rocky Mountains Wolf

2.  'Souls Range

Northern Rocky Mountains to Southern Alberta in Canada.

3.  Appearance

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.

Canis lupus irremotus, from John Conrad/Corbis

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.

4.  Other Characteristics

4.1  Survival

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.

4.2  Luperci

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.

5.  Citations

  1. Cosmosmith.org