Image: J. Cannon, B. Armstrong, Courtesy Audubon Alaska Oct. 2015 Report
Alexander Archipelago Wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) – (Goldman 1937)
Common Names: Islands Wolf
Overall population: Unknown, less than 1,000?
Physical description: Weight -30 to 50 pounds (14 and 23 kg). Length – 3 1⁄2 feet (1.1 m). Height – 2 feet (0.61 m) high at the shoulder.
Color – typically dark grey to black, short and coarse fur.
Original range – Alexander Archipelago, Alexander Archipelago islands, southeastern coastline of Alaska biologically separated from mainland by the Coastal Mountains, Tongass National Forest, Prince of Wales Island
Current range – Alexander Archipelago, Alexander Archipelago islands, southeastern coastline of Alaska biologically separated from mainland by the Coastal Mountains, Tongass National Forest, Prince of Wales Island
The Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) occupies most of southeast Alaska from Yakutat Bay to Dixon Entrance except for Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands.
Habitat / Ecology / Prey:
Habitat – Coastal and island shorelines, forests and mountains
Prey – Sitka Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis), Beaver (Castor canadensis), River Otter (Lutra canadensis), Black Bear (Ursus americanzs), small mustelids, and fish.
Legal and Cultural Background:
Journal / Scientific Publications:
Phylogeography of wolves (Canis lupus) in the Pacific Northwest ; Weckworth, Byron V.; Talbot, Sandra L.; Cook, Joseph A. (2010). Journal of Mammalogy. 91 (2): 363–375
Concepts of Conservation Biology Applied to Wildlife in Old-Forest Ecosystems, with Special Reference to Southeast Alaska and Northern Coastal British Columbia; BG Marcot – North Pacific Temperate Rainforests: Ecology and …, 2017 – books.google.com
Genetic Distinctiveness of Alexander Archipelago Wolves ; (Canis lupus ligoni) ;BV Weckworth, NG Dawson, SL Talbot… – Journal of …, 2015 – academic.oup.com
Alexander Archipelago wolf; JW Schoen, DK Person – A Conservation Assessment …, 2007 – conservationgateway.org
Conservation of highly fragmented systems: the north temperate Alexander Archipelago; A Cook, NG Dawson, SO MacDonald – Biological Conservation, 2006 – Elsevier
A signal for independent coastal and continental histories among North American wolves; BV Weckworth, S Talbot, GK Sage… – Molecular …, 2005 – Wiley Online Library
Predators in natural fragments: foraging ecology of wolves in British Columbia’s central and north coast archipelago; CT Darimont, MHH Price, NN Winchester… – Journal of …, 2004 – Wiley Online Library
Island societies are not always insular: Tlingit territories in the Alexander archipelago and the adjacent Alaska mainland; ML Moss – Voyages of discovery: the archaeology of islands, 2004 – books.google.com
Alexander Archipelago wolves: Ecology and population viability in a disturbed, insular landscape.; DK Person – 2002 – elibrary.ru
Assessment of anadromous salmon resources in the diet of the Alexander Archipelago wolf using stable isotope analysis; MM Szepanski, M Ben-David, V Van Ballenberghe – Oecologia, 1999 – Springer
Stable isotope ecology: an introduction; KA Hobson, LI Wassenaar – Oecologia, 1999 – Springer
Ecological factors drive differentiation in wolves from British Columbia; V Muñoz‐Fuentes, CT Darimont… – Journal of …, 2009 – Wiley Online Library
Diets of wolves, Canis lupus, in logged and unlogged forests of southeastern Alaska;M Kohira, EA Rexstad – Canadian field-naturalist. Ottawa ON, 1997
The Alexander Archipelago wolf: a conservation assessment; Person, David K.; Kirchhoff, Matthew; van Ballenberghe, Victor; Iverson, George C.; Grossman, Edward.; 1996,