The Wolf Intelligencer

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

Eurasian Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)

Eurasion Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) – NOMINATE SUBSPECIES (Linnaeus 1758)

Common Names: Eurasian Wolf, Common Wolf
Mech, L. David (1981), The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species, University of Minnesota Press, p. 354, ISBN 0-8166-1026-6
Middle Russian Forest Wolf
Heptner, V. G. & Naumov, N. P. (1998) Mammals of the Soviet Union Vol.II Part 1a, SIRENIA AND CARNIVORA (Sea cows; Wolves and Bears), Science Publishers, Inc. USA., pp. 184-187, ISBN 1-886106-81-9

Overall population: Unknown. Over a hundred thousand?

Physical description: “The Eurasion Wolf is the largest species of Old World wolves with weights between 150-180lbs approximate range. The Eurasion Wolf has relatively short and coarse hair that is mostly tan in colour with white underbelly and chest extending to the jaw.”
[Miller, G. S. (1912), Catalogue of the mammals of Western Europe (Europe exclusive of Russia) in the collection of the British museum, London, Printed by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, pp. 313-314]

Original range – Most of Eurasian continent.
Current range – Russia. Central, Eastern and Northern Europe. Central to east Asia, Scandinavia. Mongolia. China. Himalayas

Habitat / Ecology / Prey:
Habitats | Biomes

Afghanistan – (Montane grasslands and shrublands) (Deserts and xeric shrublands) (Temperate coniferous forest), Albania – (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub) (Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest) Azerbaijan– (Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands terrestrial)((Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest) (Deserts and xeric shrublands) Belarus– (Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest biome) (Temperate hardwood forest biome) Bosnia and Herzegovina– (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome) (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome) Bulgaria- (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome) (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome) (Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands) China– (Flooded grasslands and savannas) (Montane grasslands and shrublands) (Temperate coniferous forests) (Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands) (Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest) (Montane grasslands and shrublands) (Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests) (Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest) (Deserts and xeric shrublands) Croatia– (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub) (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests) Czech Republic– (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests) (temperate coniferous forest) Denmark– (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests)

Ecology | Ecoregions


Afghan Mountains semi-desert, Badghyz and Karabil semi-desert, Baluchistan xeric woodlands, Central Afghan Mountains xeric woodlands, Central Persian desert basins, East Afghan montane conifer forests, Ghorat-Hazarajat alpine meadow, Hindu Kush alpine meadow, Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe, Northwestern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, Pamir alpine desert and tundra, Paropamisus xeric woodlands, Registan-North Pakistan sandy desert, Sulaiman Range alpine meadows


Dinaric Mountains mixed forests, Balkan mixed forests, Illyrian deciduous forests, Pindus Mountains mixed forests


Azerbaijan shrub desert and steppe, Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forests, Caucasus mixed forests, Eastern Anatolian montane steppe


Central European mixed forests, Sarmatic mixed forests ecoregion


Dinaric Mountains mixed forests, Balkan mixed forests are a terrestrial, Illyrian deciduous forests, Pannonian mixed forests


Aegean and Western Turkey sclerophyllous and mixed forests, Balkan mixed forests, East European forest steppe, Euxine-Colchic deciduous forests, Pontic–Caspian steppe, Rodope montane mixed forests


Alashan Plateau semi-desert, Altai alpine meadow and tundra, Altai montane forest and forest steppe, Altai steppe and semi-desert, Amur Meadow Steppe, Bohai Sea saline meadow, Central China loess plateau mixed forests, Central Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe, Changbai Mountains mixed forests, Changjiang Plain evergreen forests, Da Hinggan-Dzhagdy Mountains conifer forests, Daba Mountains evergreen forests, Daurian forest steppe, Dzungaria, Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, Emin Valley, Gobi Desert, Guizhou Plateau broadleaf and mixed forests, Hainan Island monsoon rain forests,
Helanshan montane conifer forests, Hengduan Mountains subalpine conifer forests, Huang He Plain mixed forests, Jiang Nan subtropical evergreen forests, Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe,
Manchurian mixed forests, Mongolian-Manchurian grassland, Nenjiang River grassland, North Tibetan Plateau-Kunlun Mountains alpine desert, Northeast China Plain deciduous forests, Northeastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests, Northern Indochina subtropical moist forests, Northwestern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, Nujiang Langcang Gorge alpine conifer and mixed forests, Pamir alpine desert and tundra, Qilian Mountains conifer forests, Qilian Mountains subalpine meadows, Qin Ling Mountains deciduous forests, Qionglai-Minshan conifer forests, Sichuan Basin evergreen broadleaf forests, South China Sea Islands, South China-Vietnam subtropical evergreen forests, South Taiwan monsoon rain forests, Southeast Tibet shrub and meadows, Suiphun-Khanka meadows and forest meadows, Taklamakan Desert, Tarim Basin
Tarim Basin deciduous forests and steppe, Three Parallel Rivers Tian Shan foothill arid steppe, Tian Shan montane conifer forests, Tian Shan montane steppe and meadows, Tibetan Plateau alpine shrublands and meadows, Western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows, Yarlung Tsangpo arid steppe, Yellow Sea saline meadow, Yunnan Plateau subtropical evergreen forests


Dinaric Mountains mixed forests, Illyrian deciduous forests, Pannonian mixed forests, Tyrrhenian-Adriatic sclerophyllous and mixed forests


Carpathian montane conifer forests, Central European mixed forests, Pannonian mixed forests, Western European broadleaf forests


Atlantic mixed forests, Baltic mixed forests, Baltic Sea



Moose (Alces alces), Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), European Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa), Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), Argali “mountain sheep” (Ovis ammon}, Mouflon (Ovis orientalis orientalis), European bison “wisent” calves (Bison bonasus) , Saiga Antelope (Saiga tatarica), Alpine mountain goat “ibex” (Capra ibex), Chamois goat-antelope (Rupicapra rupicapra), Wild Goats (Capra aegagrus), Fallow Deer (Dama dama), Siberian musk deer (Moschus moschiferus), European hares (Lepus europaeus). Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber), European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus), Wolverene (Gulo gulo), Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), European badger (Meles meles)

(Additional food source – garbage)
[Peterson, R. O. & Ciucci, P. (2003), “The Wolf as a Carnivore”, in Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, edited by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani, pp. 104-130, Chicago: University Press]

Non-Prey European / Asian SpeciesEurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), European wildcat (Felis silvestris), European jackal (Canis aureus moreoticus)

Beautiful Birds of Eurasia!

Common Raven (Corvus corax), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Eurasian magpie (Pica pica), Eurasian jackdaw (Coloeus monedula), hooded crow (Corvus cornix), rook (Corvus frugilegus), Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius),


Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), eastern marsh harrier (Circus spilonotus), Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), Eurasian kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), tawny owl (Strix aluco), little owl (Athene noctua), European green woodpecker (Picus viridis), Eurasian curlew or common curlew (Numenius arquata) Eurasian green-winged teal (Anas crecca), Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis), common house martin (Delichon urbicum), western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava), Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola), black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Legal and Cultural Background:

1979 Bern Convention (Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats) Appendix II (Strictly Protected Species)

1992 Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix II (Habitat Conservation Needs) Appendix IV (Full Protection)

[Boitani, L. (1995), “Ecological and cultural diversities in the evolution of wolf-human relationships”, in Ecology and conservation of wolves in a changing world, eds. Carbyn, L. N., Fritts, S. H., and Seip, D. R., eds. pp. 3-12, Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute]


Taxonomic/Genetic Information:

Genetics and conservation of wolves Canis lupus in Europe. Randi E. Mammal Review. 2011 Apr

Wolves in Europe
Wolves in Asia

Further Reading

Eurasian Wolves in Europe and Asia: Albania / Austria / Belgium / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Czech RepublicFrance / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Italy / Macedonia / Netherlands / Poland / Portugal / Romania / Serbia and Montenegro / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain  / Switzerland / Greenland / Denmark / Finland / Norway / Sweden / Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania / Belarus / Ukraine / Moldova / RussiaAfghanistan / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Georgia / Jordan / Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan  / Pakistan / Tajikistan / Turkmenistan / Turkey  / Uzbekistan

International Wolf Center  – Europe
International Wolf Center  – Asia

Journal / Scientific Publications:

Landscape Connectivity and Suitable Habitat Analysis for Wolves (Canis lupus L.) in the Eastern Pyrenees. Garcia-Lozano C, Varga D, Pintó J, Roig-Munar FX. Sustainability. 2020 Jan

The Role of Anthropogenic Influence on Biological Signal Field (BSF) Characteristics of the Wolf, Canis lupus lupus (Canidae, Carnivora). Shkvyria MG, Yakovlev YB. Vestnik zoologii. 2016 Feb

Adaptive diet strategy of the wolf (Canis lupus L.) in Europe: a review
D Zlatanova, A Ahmed, A Valasseva… – Acta zoologica …, 2014 –

Vocalization of European wolves (Canis lupus lupus L.) and various dog breeds (Canis lupus f. fam.); DU Feddersen-Petersen – Archives Animal Breeding, 2000 –

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