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(Canis lupus)


  • 26 to 28 in. (65 to 70 cm) tall at the shoulder.
  • 5 to 6 ft. (1.6 to 1.9 m) long, including a 15 to 20 in. (38 to 50 cm) tail.
  • Weighs 70 to 120 lb. (32 to 54 kg).

Distribution in North America:

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wolf track Tracks
front: 4" x 5 1/2"
hind: 4" x 5 1/2"


Common names for this species are the gray wolf and timber wolf. The Mexican wolf is redder in color and found in Mexico and New Mexico.


  • Forested areas in habitat favored by members of the deer family, which is their primary prey.


  • Largest member of the dog family—resembles a tall, leggy German shepherd dog.
  • Muscular, deep-chested body, long slender legs, a bushy tail, a long slender muzzle and large erect ears.
  • Twice the size of coyotes, with a wider nose pad.
  • Carry their tails high while running (coyotes generally carry their tails below the level of their backs).

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