Kenai Peninsula wolf
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Canis lupus alces

The Baffin Island Wolf is the smallest of the Arctic wolves. It is a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. It's thick, fluffy coat and wide ruff gives it a larger appearance than it actually is. They range in weight from 30 to 50 pounds and are around three feet in length. They are omnivores and usually hunt alone or in pairs. This wolf was not recognized as a subspecies until 1943. This has been little research done on the Baffin Island Wolf.

Kenai Peninsula

The rugged Kenai Peninsula is 200 miles long and 100 miles wide. It is called “Alaska in miniature” since every type of Alaska habitat type except Arctic tundra.

Kenai Peninsula Wolf Skull

The Kenai Peninsula Wolf was a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. It is believed to have been 7 feet in length and 45 inches tall. They weighed between 200 and 250 pounds. The species was classified as a subspecies of the Gray Wolf in 1944. The Kenai Peninsula Wolf's demise began with the onslaught of settlers during the Klondike Gold Rush. By 1910 they had been hunted and poisoned to near extinction. By the 1940s only a few specimens remained and although wolves have returned to area, the original subspecies is considered extinct. Genetically, the wolves inhabiting the peninsula today are indistinct from those of the mainland. The Kenai Peninsula Wolf's primary prey were Moose (Alces alces) thus the subspecie's Latin designation Canis lupus alces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canis lupus alces

 

Subspecies of Gray Wolf

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

200 pounds

Considered largest known wolf species

7 ft. 22 inches from nose to tail

6-13 years

Extinct