The Wolf Intelligencer


Labrador & Newfoundland

Ecoregions of Labrador & Newfoundland

Eastern Canadian forests, Eastern Canadian Shield taiga, Newfoundland Highland forests, South Avalon-Burin oceanic barrens, Torngat Mountain tundra

Wolves in Protected Areas of Labrador
Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve
Akami−Uapishkᵁ−KakKasuak−Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve

Caribou Herd’s in Labrador
George River Caribou Herd (migratory)
Lac Joseph Caribou Herd (sedentary)
Red Wine Caribou Herd (sedentary)
Mealy Mountains Caribou Herd (sedentary)

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)

Labrador Wolf (Canis lupus labradorius)

Population Statistics [1,000-1,5000; Labrador estimate. No known established on Newfoundland]

Legal Status; Game species throughout.

Newfoundland Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation
Canadian Wildlife Service
Newfoundland and Labrador Department  of Environment and Conservation’s Wildlife  Division

Nature Conservancy Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc.
Wildlife Habitat Canada

Labrador & Newfoundland / Canadian News Resources & Publications
CBC NEWS (Newfoundland & Labrador)
The Telegram (St. John’s, Newfoundland)


Wolf and Wildlife News from Labrador & Newfoundland

Journal Articles

Prevalence of Sarcocystis spp. in two subspecies of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Newfoundland and Labrador, and foxes (Vulpes vulpes), wolves (Canis lupus), and husky dogs (Canis familiaris) as potential definitive hosts. Khan RA, Evans L. Journal of Parasitology. 2006 Jun


A study was conducted to determine the prevalence and geographical distribution of Sarcocystis spp. infecting 2 subspecies of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) inhabiting Newfoundland and Labrador and its potential definitive hosts. Muscle samples of caribou were obtained, primarily from hunters, and feces of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and wolves (Canis lupus), from trappers, and Husky dogs (Canis familiaris), from owners. Histological sections of muscle and flotation methods for feces were used for parasitic detection. Sarcocystis sp. infected more than 50% of Barren-Ground Caribou (R. t. tarandus) from 4 locations in Newfoundland, but it was significantly greater in the north, where 99% of woodland caribou (R. t. caribou) from Labrador harbored the infection. Sporocysts were observed in 27 of 32 red foxes from eastern and northern Newfoundland, whereas 15 of 15 wolves and 22 of the 38 Husky dogs were infected. Wolves and red foxes probably acquired the infection through scavenging, and Husky dogs, from meat they were fed.

Evidence of range expansion of eastern Coyotes, Canis latrans, in Labrador. Chubbs TE, Phillips FR. The Canadian Field-Naturalist. 2005


Eastern Coyotes were first documented in central Labrador in 1995 and have recently been recorded in coastal Labrador and at three additional locations in central and western Labrador. Here we document additional records indicating range expansion and the possibility of an established population. We also examine the future management of the species in Labrador and its possible effect on this northern ecosystem.

Characteristics of the wolf (Canis lupus labradorius Goldman) in northern Quebec and Labrador
GR Parker, S Luttich – Arctic, 1986


Inuit normally start hunting seals around mid- to late-April after their pups have had time to grow underneath the snow. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Observations on foxes, Alopex lagopus and Vulpes vulpes, and wolves, Canis lupus on the off-shore sea ice of northern Labrador.
D Andriashek, HPL Kiliaan, MK Taylor – Canadian field-naturalist. Ottawa ON, 1985


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