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Canis lupus arctos

Arctic Wolf

The Arctic Wolf lives five months a year in darkness in some of the most inhospitable landscapes on earth. The Arctic wolf or Melville Island wolf is a subspecies of the Gray wolf. It is smaller in size than the northwestern wolf with white coloration, larger carnassials, and a narrower braincase. The Arctic Wolf is not endangered as it lives primarily in areas seldom frequented by man. Arctic Wolves which have little to no fear of humans have had a number of aggressive encounters with man. The size of Arctic wolves depends on their habitat. They range in size from 75 to 125 pounds. They range in length from 3 to 6 feet in length. Their coat consists of two layers, one of which thickens during the winter months where the air temperature rarely rises above -30 degrees C (-22 F) and the ground is permanently frozen. Their ears are smaller and rounder than Gray Wolves. Their pads are thicker, fur lined, and equipted with counter current heat exchange. They live in packs of up to six individuals. Arctic Wolf pups are born in May and June and litters consist of two to three pups.

 

 

 

Arctic Wolf Howling

 

 

 

Arctic Wolves

Arctic Wolf 3 

Pair of Arctic Wolves

 

Arctic Wolf Eating 

Arctic Wolf Puppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canis lupus arctos

Subspecies of the Gray Wolf

High Arctic Region-70 degree latitude

White fur, shorter more rounded ears, shorter legs, shorter nose than the Gray Wolf

75 to 125 pounds

5 to 7 puppies

Lifespan 7 to 10 years

Thick pads with fur on the bottom of the feet with counter current heat exchange

Not endangered