Northern Rocky Mountain wolf (Canis lupus irremotus)


Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf (Canis lupus irremotus) – (Goldman 1937)

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Overall population: December 31, 2015, there were at least 1,704 wolves in 282 packs (including 95 breeding pairs) in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

Physical description: It is a light-colored, medium to large-sized subspecies with a narrow, flattened frontal bone and weighs 70–150 pounds (32–68 kg) and stands at 26–32 inches.

Original range –
Current range –northern Rocky Mountains and the high adjoining plains, northwestern Wyoming northward through western Montana and eastern Idaho Lethbridge in southern Alberta

Habitat / Ecology / Prey:
Prey – elk (Cervus canadensis), bison (Bison bison), mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Unique behaviors:

Legal and Cultural Background:k


Taxonomic/Genetic Information:


Further Reading
Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan 1987

Journal / Scientific Publications:
Glover, A. (1942), Extinct and vanishing mammals of the western hemisphere, with the marine species of all the oceans, American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, pp. 205-206.

Wolf population dynamics in the US Northern Rocky Mountains are affected by recruitment and human‐caused mortality; JA Gude, MS Mitchell, RE Russell… – The Journal of …, 2012 – Wiley Online Library

A novel assessment of population structure and gene flow in grey wolf populations of the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States; BM Vonholdt, DR Stahler, EE Bangs… – Molecular …, 2010 – Wiley Online Library

Survival of colonizing wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States, 1982–2004; DW Smith, EE Bangs, JK Oakleaf, C Mack… – Journal of Wildlife …, 2010 – BioOne

Examining differences between recovered and declining endangered species; RJF Abbitt, JM Scott – Conservation Biology, 2001 – Wiley Online Library

Habitat selection by recolonizing wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States; JK Oakleaf, DL Murray, JR Oakleaf, EE Bangs… – Journal of Wildlife …, 2006 – BioOne

Genetic structure and migration in native and reintroduced Rocky Mountain wolf populations; SH Forbes, DK Boyd – Conservation Biology, 1997 – Wiley Online Library

The Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf is not yet recovered; BJ Bergstrom, S Vignieri, SR Sheffield, W Sechrest… – …, 2009 –