Alexander Archipelago Wolf (Canis lupus ligoni)

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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.

Range:
Original rangeAlexander Archipelago, Alexander Archipelago islands, southeastern coastline of Alaska biologically separated from mainland by the Coastal Mountains, Tongass National Forest, Prince of Wales Island
Current rangeAlexander 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
Ecology –
Prey – Sitka black-tailed deer (primary prey), salmon, beaver, mountain goat, mustelids and small mammals

Unique behaviors:

Legal and Cultural Background:

Conservation:
Alaska Wildlife Alliance (Alaska)
Wolf Song of Alaska  (Alaska)
Cascadia Wildlands (Eugene, Oregon; Cordova, Alaska)
Wolves – Environment Alaska

Taxonomic/Genetic Information:

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Further Reading

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 ArchipelagoA 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,

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