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Grey Wolf

Canis lupus 

Order Carnivora



Grey Wolf by Cameron Eckert

Also known as: Gray Wolf, Timber Wolf, Tundra Wolf, Amaruq

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Height 85 cm Distribution of Grey Wolf in Yukon
Weight 35-45 kg
Lifespan 4-10 years, up to 15 years
Predators Humans

Conservation Status

Yukon S4 (Apparently Secure)
Global G4G5 (Apparently Secure/Secure)
Yukon population estimate: 5000  




Wolves have strong social behaviour. Though some wolves are solitary, they generally form packs. The basic social unit of a wolf pack is the mated pair, accompanied by the pair's adult offspring. The mated pair form the alphas and are dominant in the social order. They are the only members allowed to breed in the pack. The average pack size in Yukon is seven to nine wolves, though smaller and larger pack sizes are not uncommon.  Formation of a pack is very important for co-operative hunting and raising pups. 


Moose, caribou, sheep, and other ungulates.   

Sights and sounds

wolf scat

tracks in the snow


10.0 cm x 3.2 cm


Tracks surrounding a kill site


wolf track

Alternative content - radio interview


Hind: 9.4 cm x 8.1 cm




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