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Gray wolf

Canis lupus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Gray wolf diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Frazer River Canyon, British Columbia, Canada

Background artist:

 Robert J. Sewell

Also present:

 Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)

The gray wolf is a social animal belonging to the dog family.  It lives in packs of 5 to 10 members that comprise a dominant set of parents plus their offspring and perhaps some immigrants.

Wolves have distinctive howls that they use to assemble the pack or demarcate their territory.

Biological Information

Range map for the gray wolf


Alaska, Canada, Montana, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin Michigan, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and North and South Dakota


All habitats except tropical forest and deserts


Endangered in the United States, common elsewhere


Deer, caribou, moose, beavers, hares, sheep and cattle

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for gray wolf.