Mackenzie River Wolf (Canis lupus mackenzii)

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Mackenzie River Wolf (Canis lupus mackenzii) – (Anderson 1943)

Common Names: Columbian wolf, Manitoba wolf, Mackenzie tundra wolf, Mackenzie Valley wolf, interior Alaskan wolf, and Alaska tundra wolf

Overall population:

Physical description:
Weight – 100 – 145 pounds (45 – 65 kg)
Height – 32 – 36 inches (81 – 91 cm) at the shoulder
Length – 60 -65 inches (nose to tail)
Color/Coat – white, yellowish white, typically grey, brown and black

Original range – Northwest Territories, Canada
Current range – East of the Mackenzie River, from the arctic coast to south of Great Bear Lake. Possibly as far south as Great Slave Lake. Northwest Territories, Canada

Habitat / Ecology / Prey:
Habitat – tundra, mountains, river valley
Prey – bison (Bison bison athabascae) boreal caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), moose (Alces alces), snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), beaver (Castor canadensis), fish

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Further Reading

Journal / Scientific Publications:

Intrapopulation variability in wolf diet revealed using a combined stable isotope and fatty acid approach; Sean A. O’Donovan, Suzanne M. Budge, Keith A. Hobson, Allicia P. Kelly, Andrew E. Derocher; Ecosphere, First published: 19 September 2018

Distribution of wolf dens on migratory caribou ranges in the Northwest Territories, Canada
DC Heard, TM Williams – Canadian Journal of Zoology, 1992 – NRC Research Press

Prey specialization may influence patterns of gene flow in wolves of the Canadian Northwest
LE Carmichael, JA Nagy, NC Larter… – Molecular …, 2001 – Wiley Online Library